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How to Get Students Ready for Learning

>>Scott: Hi guys.>>Scott: I was a student that
probably could have fallen through the cracks pretty easily and
I always vowed that if I was ever into education I was going to create
a school in which all kids counted and that we did everything
in our power for kids.>>How are you?>>Mom: Good how are you? Come on, kids!>>Scott: Look at you go, Girl!>>Mom: I know, we’re workin’ it!>>Scott: There is no stopping you!>>I just really believe that
more than ever before we need to teach kids the skills of
self-regulating their emotions. We know that they’re going
to benefit from dealing with social-emotional components. They’re going to perform
academically and they’re going to perform very strongly.>>Rebecca: The social-emotional
learning allows me to be a teacher. The students are motivated to learn
and to have that leadership role within the classroom
to have that sense of community and a sense of family.>>I would like someone to choose
how we’re going to transition from our desks to the rug. Emeris?>>Emeris: Thumb walk.>>Rebecca: Thumb walk? And can you tell the
class your expectations?>>Emeris: Quiet and don’t talk.>>Rebecca: One of the
things that’s crucial with a Responsive Classroom
is allowing the kids to take the leadership role. They made a list of how they
would like to transition from one activity to the next. Doing a thumb walk
where they walk slowly and basically twiddle their thumbs.>>Julian: The transitions
make me feel relaxed and they help me calm down.>>Rebecca: We are going
to start morning meeting with what we did this weekend. I know a lot of you had
some great stories to share so we will start with Jacob.>>Jacob: I saw the ice boats just
fly and that was really, really cool.>>Elizabeth: When people share
things I always get a little picture in my mind of what they’re doing.>>Rebecca: This is our family time. We come together as a family and from
here we talk about any successes, accomplishments students have had,
and it just sets us up for the day.>>We are going to do yoga
this morning and we are going to transition from the
rug down to the forum. When you’re ready you may
start your stretch walk.>>Usually every day try
to do some type of yoga, whether it’s just a
couple of minutes a day or twice a week I do a full
blown 40-minute yoga class.>>Elizabeth: The yoga and the
transitions, it’s helping me also when I’m at home I’m also
calming down more too.>>Rebecca: This is something that
I can’t start my day without. Oftentimes with kids
they don’t realize that their body will tell them
how they are feeling before their brain does. With yoga we get that out of
them and it’s a way for them to release all their energy,
get them ripe for learning.>>How do you think that doing yoga in the morning especially
before writing is helping us?>>Jacob: I feel much more
relaxed and more focused.>>Student: All the yoga that we
do helps us do more writing time in the small amount of time we have.>>Rebecca: The advice that I would
give to a teacher about wanting to implement social-emotional
learning into their classroom
is that it’s easy. It’s easy and it’s something that
comes natural to all teachers. It’s incorporating the
movement, incorporating a voice for our students, incorporating that
community, that sense of family.>>Scott: Once you have a culture
where staff are committed to kids, it spreads like wildfire. All of the things that we do
have been teacher-initiated. I’m smart enough to
know as the leader of my school is I’m not the expert. My teachers are the experts. A key mindset I think is for
leaders of schools to feel empowered to give their teachers a license
to do these types of things.

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15 thoughts on “How to Get Students Ready for Learning

  1. Great video, I have however one question.
    I counted around 15 children in this class, isn't this 'focus on the individual' greatly based on a limited number of children, or does it work perfectly fine working with 25 as with 15?

  2. If teachers felt empowered to teach like this (and have yoga behind them as I do) there would be more educators (more people interested in teaching) and that could also mean smaller classrooms, else have two teachers together (for larger classes).
    There's always a way… where there's a will.

  3. Positive language, choices, fostering a family feel, and exercise make a HUGE difference for kids! Way to go Mt. Desert! Thanks for sharing your positive practices with the world. All schools need to follow suit! Thanks to edutopia too!

  4. The practice of morning meetings really helps students to focus on the day ahead.  Also builds a sense of community, sharing and caring.  Rituals, mostly missing from our culture, reinforces values.

  5. What was all the fuss about! They just glossed over the subject without showing anything or talking anything about what their methods are and how and why they work.

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