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89. How to Find Time for Social-Emotional Learning

How do you find time for social-emotional learning in the classroom? With so much on our plates and so many academic outcomes to cover it can feel impossible to dedicate precious time to teaching our students the skills they need to manage their emotions and behaviours independently. 

We know that once our students develop their self-regulation skills we will spend less time putting out fires and have more time to teach the academics but taking the leap to invest precious class time in a mindfulness practice or other social-emotional development tool feels scary. In this post, we explain how making social-emotional learning part of your routine with a daily mindfulness practice actually gives you more time for academic teaching and supports deeper learning. 

We recently had a teacher that uses our Educalme Classroom daily mindfulness program share the following feedback with us:

“Educalme helps my students prepare their brains for learning. After our Educalme Classroom mindfulness practice, my students are more focused. They are able to pay attention to instruction better and they’re able to get more work done. This means we are doing so much learning in a day and getting through so much more content than in previous years, before I started using Educalme Classroom.”

We get lots of feedback like this from teachers that realize they gain back even more time than they invest in their daily mindfulness practice. They’re amazed at how much more smoothly their days go, how much easier it is to get students to focus during instruction and how students become more able to manage their emotions and behaviours independently once they make Educalme Classroom part of their daily routine – like a warm-up for learning.

The key to gaining more time for academics is to make social-emotional learning part of your daily classroom routine and sticking to it. Add a social-emotional development activity, like mindfulness, to your daily schedule and soon you’ll see your students using the skills they’ve developed to support their learning in the classroom.

Listen to this podcast episode where we go deeper on how investing class time in social-emotional learning gives you more time for academics.

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Let us know in the comments, how will you implement what you learned today?

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