A Breakthrough in Social and Emotional Learning

Uploaded by edutopia on 08.01.2010

>>Teacher: The swine-flu snake greeting.
Morning, Morning, Morning, Morning, Morning.
>>Narrator: At Carrithers Middle School, the day begins
with goofy games, which are often followed by serious discussions.
>>Teacher: We've been discussing bullying all week long.
>>Narrator: The 20 minutes spent
in this daily morning meeting is a critical component
of Jefferson County, Kentucky's, district-wide CARE
for Kids initiative, which seeks to build positive,
caring learning communities.
>>Sheldon: There's a pretty complex puzzle that we have to put together
to have a successful school, but a foundational element
of that puzzle is the culture and climate of that school,
and when students feel safe.
>>Teacher: Hello, sweet girl.
You have a good day, okay?
>>Sheldon: When they feel that culture and climate supports that,
when they feel cared about not only by the adults in the school...
>>Teacher: Got that?
>>Sheldon: ...but by other students
in the school, they can do their best.
>>Teacher: Look at the name and think of something nice
to say about that person.
>>Deirdre: Good morning, Storm.
>>Storm: Good morning, Deirdre.
>>Deirdre: I like your humor.
>>Sheldon: It isn't touchy-feely stuff.
It's core social skills that gives students the experience
and the knowledge to work effectively with others.
>>Student: Thanks for always being nice.
>>Paul: It's teaching kids how to CARE for one another,
how to be a bigger person and how to resolve conflicts.
>>When the cold wind blows, it blows for whoever has on shoes.
>>When you give us activities or we able to move, get all our noises
out before school and stuff, it gives us more hype about learning.
>>Alicia: Less instructional time is lost
because we're teaching the skills up front, and so that when it is time
for academics, we're learning and we're not stopping at various times
to address conflicts, and it's teaching the students how
to have ownership and have voice.
>>Joanna: Tell Jasmine what you think is special about her.
>>Student: I like when you share with me.
>>Jasmine: Thank you.
>>Joanna: They're excited.
They want to be here.
I've had parents say, "My daughter's sick today, but she cried,
because she really wanted to come to school.
What are you all doing?"
>>Jasmine: Thanks for filling my bucket.
>>Joanna: How did they fill your bucket today, Jasmine?
>>Jasmine: Because they was being nice to me.
>>Richard: Stay in line.
Don't run.
Don't run.
>>I like this program and I see this program that's been implemented
and it works, because I was here, and I seen it for myself.
>>See you tomorrow, okay, buddy?
>>At the end of the day, those kids getting on those buses
with a smile on their face.
My job is done.
I can safely go home and say, "You know what?
When they came this morning they had smiles,
and when they left, they had smiles.
Our job is done, because I'm there."
>>Your mom's outside.
Your mom's right there, Madison.
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