#5thchat is for people interested in chatting about topics in education, especially as they relate to Grade 5. The goal is to connect people who enjoy learning & sharing, plus supporting & creating partnerships worldwide!
Welcome to #5thchat! Tonight we are talking about #SEL and #technology. Amy Valentine moderating tonight, leader of @FoundationBOL. Please introduce yourself-- name, where you live, what you teach, and something that you're grateful for in this moment. So glad that you are here!
Pic of me and my 5th grader-- I'm legit! It's been quite the journey as his educational advocate. Plz read my story below. I'm a former #teacher, current #lifelonglearner, and director of a foundation that gives scholarships to kids and grants to teachers. Kicking off #5thchat!!
Hi guys! My name is Hayley and I am an MAT student @ConverseCollege I live in Spartanburg, SC. (aka sparkle city) and I currently teach preschool and 5th/6th PE. I am grateful for a warm home in this freezing rain! #5thchat
Introduction: My name is Tucker Stover. I live in Toledo, OH. I am studying early childhood education at Siena Heights University. I am grateful for my amazing family and girlfriend for pushing me to my best in school. #5thchat
A1 - For me, the biggest challenge is finding time for it. We have strict time frames for each subject and SEL isn't one of those subjects, unfortunately. Thankfully, I integrate it into nearly everything we do! :) #5thchat
#5thchat I run the @FoundationBOL -- we are focused on increasing access that Ss and Ts have to innovative strategies in schools. We give scholarships to kids, grants to teachers. I ❤️ sharing resources with teachers, and learning from you, too. I'm a former HS Spanish teacher.
A1. We've heard from educators and folks leading SEL work on the district/school level that some of the hardest barriers involve finding the time and resources to properly integrate SEL into daily work. SEL isn't a one-and-done initiative, it takes time & effort. #5thchat
A1: Understanding students emotions is a huge part of becoming a teacher. I try my best to put myself in student's shoes and really analyze what they may be feeling and where their point of view is coming from. #5thchat
A1 My biggest challenge when I was a 5th grade teacher related to SEL was to make sure I was meeting all of their needs all of the time. Trauma informed practices & cultural responsiveness are so important. #5thchat
A1: Biggest challenge is time to make sure I connect and get it right. Every kid is different and some need more face time than others. I wish I had more of it. Thank goodness for our amazing counselors!!
Hi all! My name is Madison, and I am currently a senior at the University of Texas at Tyler. I am specializing in mathematics for 4-8 grades. What is some advice you have for me as I dive into student teaching next semester? #5thchat#Sp19edfb4338
A2. There are typically two "axes" of skill types involved in teaching SEL – intrapersonal skills (or "self" skills, like self-regulation, stress management, growth mindset) & interpersonal skills (or "other" skills, like empathy, collaboration, and social awareness). #5thchat
Did you know that they are creating software systems that provide journaling/meditation/online modules to educate students that schools are now using instead of suspending/expelling students? A different type of intervention. Thoughts? #5thchat
A1 I agree with this. This is even a problem in the adult world today. As teachers, we need to help our students see that we all have different backgrounds and opinions, and we should respect others opinions even we we disagree. What a complex topic! #5thchat#sp19edfb4338
A2: I would have to stay that its important for 5th graders to learn self-awareness and relationship skills. It will help them to learn to work together and help people understand what they are trying to explain to their teacher and classmates #5thchat
The great news is that we have the opportunity to help students cultivate and shape their #SEL skills through the relationships that we forge with them. It can happen organically, naturally, and in powerful ways. #5thchat
I am a huge fan of finding new and unique ways of doing pretty much anything. Kids become use to the way things are done, and approaching something new such as this, could change the way they act. Providing the results we look for in a school setting. #5thchat
Thank you-- this is an excellent explanation! Some of these skills can be enhanced through "ah ha" moments, through struggles, or through modeling. Always wondering...what makes some kids able to acquire these skills on their own versus others? #5thchat
A3: As a future educator I will definitely be incorporating technology in my classroom. I think it will be very beneficial for students to learn technology at a young age, because their future will be revolved around technology #5thchat
A1: A big challenge is not being able to help students outside of school, the encourage students receive in school does not always works by negative experiences and lack of support in the outside world. ##sp19edfb4338#5thchat
A3: Wow I love this! I think it's important to intertwine technology in our classrooms. Students can use technology and 21st century skills to really master content and also be engaged during the process. #5thchat#sp19edfb4338
A4 - We are NOT one-to-one yet and checking out carts of computers can still be challenging. We are all sharing a limited number of devices, while incorporating an increasingly larger number of web tools. We're all just trying to take turns & share! :) It can be tough! #5thchat
A4: One of the barriers we are seeing is teachers taking a risk and trying something new even if that means it doesn't work the first time. Also learning how to not integrate tech just for tech sake. You must think about your why, purpose, & will tech enhance the lesson. #5thchat
A4: The school I have been placed at this semester does Lunch&Learns for their teachers. They literally give them a lesson over integrating technology into their lessons while they eat lunch. I think this is a great idea. #5thchat#sp19edfb4338
A3: Visuals help-- technology can help bring to scale opportunities for #SEL development be freeing up teacher time, facilitating differentiated instruction, and allowing Ss to work independently and regulate their time, minds and emotions. #5thchat 🙏 @caselorg
A5: Videos that explain from master teachers or people who have a lot of knowledge in the SEL area is helpful for Ss. Also, a community that is supportive online can show students that "It's not just me...I'm in this with others!"
A5: I feel digital tools provide everyone a voice and level the playing field for all learners. Often times I have found it is the student who I struggled with the most that shines when given the choice on how to showcase their learning! #5thchat
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A5: From what I have seen, it gives students the opportunity to work alone, small groups, or whole class as well as collaborate. This builds skills that not all social interactions and #oldschool methods can do. #connections#5thchat
A5:The anonymyty of @PearDeck lets my kids let me know they're struggling without the possible embarrassment of speaking up about it. It removes the social pressure to "get it" and my kids are more honest about their understanding of a concept. #5thchat
Yes, I am currently teaching comparing 2 versions of the same story w/diff. cultures. I ❤️sharing videos of diff versions & sharing snippets of countries used as the setting. I also like giving my Ss choice to learn about diff. things about the country. #5thchat
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@amyvalentine555, @GetKahoot, @ReadWorks
A5. Digital tools are a great way to personalize a student's SEL experience and journey, and to provide them with the space and methods they need to process ongoing curriculum around social-emotional skills #5thchat
A5: I think digital tools can be very beneficial for students. There are many apps, videos, examples, etc. that can be used to enhance social and emotional skills. People use video games for example to meet people from all over the world and become the best of friends. #5thchat
A6: Tech and SEL have a tricky relationship bc so many use tech as a social/emotional weapon outside of school. It's our job to help kids foster a healthy relationship both with their peers and with technology. #5thchat
A6: Digital citizenship is a big part of SEL & we can use tech to reinforce those skills. Ss become better digital citizens by having opportunities to be digital citizens! Ss may be tech savvy but it doesn't mean they know how to use tech to learn. #5thchat
A6 We can use Pixar shorts to launch discussion on how to treat each other. I used several during #bekindweek. I also believe we can use digital surveys to ensure we are meeting the needs of all of our Ss. #5thchat
A6: Its important for students to use their SEL skills separate from technology at times, but also to use them to be professional with technology. Students need to comfortable with technology for their secondary readiness, #5thchat
A7 - My kiddos give each other critical feedback that helps them improve (#QualityBoosters), are accountable for each other while working (#ResponsibilityPartners), look out for one another, and pick each other up when someone messes up! #5thchat
A7: When we split into teams each team chooses a captain. The captain is someone who is cool, calm, reasonable to negotiate/talk with, and represents the team well. I really love this because students who aren't the best at the sport are chosen to be captain! #5thchat
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this evening's #5thchat, especially to @amyvalentine555 for moderating such an awesome chat!
Join us next week as @LittyMathaiEDU moderates!
In the meantime, have a wonderful week!!! :)