The Advisory Board of Teaching Tolerance has shared ideas for starting discussions in the days following the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. The suggestions include “structured listening,” “letting students lead,” “sparking and guiding discussion with essential questions,” and “starting with the truth.” Teachers can also use the lesson ideas described in the article “When Bad Things Are Happening” to create their own learning plan. The recommendations build on the Psychological First Aidframework, developed by the US Department of Homeland Security: “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach.” The lesson ideas also incorporate suggestions from The Child Mind Institute.
have been working 24/7 since this pandemic began in my role as superintendent,
just like all of my educator friends across the state and country have as well.
I have searched every resource, looked at every model, and tried to emulate the
best of the best. But I forgot one major resource: my students.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”
To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost.