I need to educate myself about how to best support my students in their social and emotional skills development. Programs like Conscious Discipline help develop social and emotional skills intrinsically using a whole-child approach.
I am a teacher in a small neighborhood school in Chicago. I will be the special education teacher to support students with diverse learning needs within a blended four-year-old preschool classroom. For many students, they are beginning the work of building a foundation for their educational career.
My preschool classroom is the first formal learning experience for many of my students.
Over 85% of the students in my school come from low-income families, 96% are Latinx or African American, 29% have limited English, and 29% have diverse learning needs. All of these aspects work against the child's overall development, including social and emotional skills.
Working with children with diverse learning needs and coming from various backgrounds, I need to have some solid skills to address social and emotional needs as they arise. Conscious Discipline provides a framework to guide teachers in addressing children's behavior in a restorative way.
Children's problems with social interactions are often due to children's lack of experience and practice with social and emotional skills.
By providing support and promoting social awareness, children are able to learn how to be a productive part of a school family community. This professional development will enable me to build a healthy classroom family while making students accountable for their own actions and facilitating positive solutions to social disagreements.
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