“[S]chools in both the United States and various other countries have begun to include social and emotional learning into their curriculums due to a variety of studies that have proven the benefits of getting into touch with one’s own emotions and others’ emotions. Elementary, middle, and high schools have all begun to include various activities and programs that encourage social and emotional learning.
Louisiana is one of the many states that have adopted Common Core standards, and these standards emphasize the need for socialization in students as early as Kindergarten. For example, Louisiana’s Kindergarten English Language Arts/Literacy Standards include a section for speaking and listening standards. These standards comprise of participating in collaborative conversations with diverse partners in small and large groups, following rules for discussions such as listening to others when they speak and taking turns talking, and continuing a conversation through multiple exchanges. These principles are encouraged in schools throughout the state, such as Lusher Charter Elementary School where students in all grades take time throughout their week to socialize and reflect on their emotions. At Lusher, kindergarteners and fifth graders pair up at least once a month to practice conversational skills, all grades participate in “caring counts” meetings at least once a week to express thoughts and emotions, and classrooms for lower grades include “safe space” areas where students can take time to get away from the commotion of the classroom if they feel overwhelmed by some negative emotion. These are just a few of the practices that Lusher implements to encourage social and emotional learning, and Lusher is one of the many schools throughout the state that participates in such activities.”
This excerpt is from a research reflection written by TPCP student Chelsea Landau, Class of 2016