Ask anyone who has studied Bloom’s Taxonomy and they’ll tell you that just because students learn something once does not mean they have internalized that learning, can connect it to something else they know, or apply it to new situations. By “learning,” we refer to anything that children learn, like how to tie their shoes, multiply fractions, or recognize and label their emotions.
The Teacher Self-Check Tool is designed as a formative, rather than an evaluative, tool that can help classroom teachers reflect on their own practice. It walks teachers through the six components of strong SEL Integration and provides "look-fors," or key elements, for each component. Thinking about these elements can help teachers identify which components they are already prioritizing, determine where they want to focus their efforts, and plan for next steps. The goal of the Teacher Self-Check Tool is to help educators build their own awareness about different ways to approach SEL in the classroom and be even more intentional about providing holistic supports to students. This tool is intended to be used in conjunction with Transforming Education’s SEL Integration Approach.
Over the past six months, I’ve had the great pleasure of traveling to districts across the country to speak with and learn from our new school partners who are committed to integrating important Mindsets, Essential Skills, and Habits (MESH), such as growth mindset and social awareness, into their daily practice. At the start of most of these engagements, educators tend to ask me one question more than any other: “Where do we begin?”