It's also Boss's Day. What could be better than combining the two? Food Day on Boss's Day? Win-win!
Special shout-out to all the bosses who support this work. None of us in education right now went through SEL anything in our teacher prep or admin prep programs. It’s a leap of faith and an understanding that relationships, community, and belonging are the bedrock of anything that involves working with other humans - especially young ones! Thank you.
Quote: "In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life." -Albert Bandura
In 1961, Albert Bandura conducted his famous Bobo doll experiment, where the researchers physically and verbally abused an inflatable toy in front of preschool-age children. Later, the children mimicked the researchers’ behavior toward the doll.
His theory of social cognitive theory postulated that humans learn from watching other humans engage in activity.
We all know that as teachers, our students are CONSTANTLY watching us, questioning us, and judging us.
Think of your students now, and all the time they are spending on screens probably watching content designed for adults (or at least they probably have access to it even if they’re not engaging with it). What are they learning? How many of the behaviors we are seeing in schools are a result of Bandura’s social cognitive theory?
This week, try this: What did you explicitly learn from the Internet today (maybe how to do something, or what one of your friends is doing)? What did you implicitly learn from the Internet today (a reinforcement of gender roles in society, perhaps?)
Educators' Resource: Illinois State SEL Conference - Registration has been reopened to accommodate all the registrations. We are already at 467 registrations, so it will be closing again soon. Don’t miss out! Springfield, IL, February 20, 2024, 8:30 - 3:30 pm. with Michael Bonner, Carla Tantillo Philibert, and Gerry Brooks.
Dad Joke: 90% of bald people still own a comb. They just can't part with it!
I think the summer-like weather may be gone now. Rejoice in the cool temps - that means chili, fire pits, s’mores, apples, pumpkins, and spooky things. :)
SEL Coach Matt Weld creates and delivers in-person and online SEL-related content.