Videos to Develop Social–Emotional Skills Through Drawing
Drawing with Mr. J is a series of video episodes from Ohio Public Media, WOSU Classroom, to help students in elementary grades learn social and emotional skills through brief but engaging drawing challenges. Teachers can use the activities in lesson plans, as a morning warm-up, or as transition activities. The first video episode is an introduction to the series for teachers and parents; the second episode introduces the series to children in grades 3–6. Other recent episodes include “Fruit Dance Party,” “A Donut Playing a Sport,” “A Cat Attacking a City,” and “A Unicorn with Personality.” Each video has a standards-aligned companion guide with activities and resources for educators and parents. Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) offers closed-captioned versions of the videos.
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down school districts nationwide. The U.S. shifted into a state of loss and then grief. Loss of what we thought was stable including income, job security, and daily routines. Loss of over a year’s worth of social plans we had for ourselves including graduation parties, family reunions, and weddings. Plans have been put on hold repeatedly and hearts have felt the heaviness of disappointment non-stop.
The Second Step Elementary digital program offers a research-based approach to social–emotional learning (SEL) that allows for consistency from classroom to classroom and easily scales across schools and districts.
For the third consecutive school year, the rhythms of our schools are being disrupted by a global pandemic that has laid bare existing inequities across almost every relevant metric. On September 22, 2021,educators can join a gathering of Harvard University education experts to surface key challenges and concerns—and concrete ideas for addressing them.