Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning

Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning


Social/emotional learning
in Racine Unified is about teaching the whole child.
It’s about really giving the skills to the students that’s going to help
them be successful beyond school. – Social and emotional learning happens
all day long [chuckles] in the classroom. I have been working here for 10 years,
so I went through the not having the pyramid model implemented
and now having it implemented. And it’s amazing just seeing how
that they can interact and they become friends. I think there’s
a lot more conversation going on. – We’ve been implementing the
pyramid model for several years. It’s helped to support all of our learners.
So whether or not a child has a special education learning need
or is a typically developing child, everyone can be supported
through the pyramid model, and I have found that to be
one of its biggest strengths. I’ve seen it work with a variety of
different learners across our district. – They’re called solution cards. – If there were two kiddos
playing in the block area, and one may have purposely or
accidentally knocked over blocks, we would see how
they would handle it first. And then we would offer them
the solution cards or even back-and-forth talk with them about
how the situation could be handled. – I used one today.
Oh, I used this one. I just asked the
teacher to set a timer. So I could
play in that. – My son tells his little 2-year-old
sister to find a solution all the time when they are having
a conflict with sharing. – Since putting this in place,
there’s not a whole lot that we as teachers have to think about.
Like, how are we going to handle this? Well, we have all of these great tools,
such as Buzzy Bee, Tucker Turtle, the Super Friends –
things that we have implemented. So I feel like it kind of
takes that pressure off of us. And if we just go to
what we’ve been taught through our trainings,
it is a lot easier. – Buzzy Bee likes to
be safe and kind. – We stay in connection with
Buzzy Bee to be safe and kind by having our bees
in the hive or out of the hive. So out of the hive is a
gentle reminder that what you’re doing is
either not safe or kind. So at the end of the day,
we check in with Buzzy, and Miss Beam, and see where your bee is.
And you get your bee sticker to go home with that parents know to look out
for and ask where it is or not. If you’re not earning your
sticker for the day, I definitely discuss with you why exactly
it did not happen for you that day. A plan for the next day.
And then end it by saying Buzzy and I are looking forward
to seeing you tomorrow. – Throughout the city and our district,
we do have a lot of children who come in that have mental health concerns.
And so we found that the pyramid model really helps to support their
social and emotional learning. – We all wear so many hats
in the building. We’re parents. We’re teachers. We’re nurses.
We’re everything under the sun just to try and help these
little ones get through their days. – Tucker Turtle is our
little guy that we use for conflict resolution and
when we’re upset or angry. So he does tell us to breathe –
1, 2, 3, breathe. Go in and tuck in, and come back out when we’re ready
and see things in a new light. I had a little boy who was just so angry,
and you could see it in his face. And I had gotten there
before it was going to explode. And I’m, like, what can we do?
And he’s, like, I can go get Tucker Turtle. I’m, like, yep.
Let’s go get Tucker Turtle. Let’s go through the book and, like,
look through it and see what he says, and let’s, you know, calm our body
down and do it with Tucker Turtle. And within minutes,
he was ready to go back to where he needed to go,
and without the huge explosion. So it’s pretty cool. Especially
when they can do it on their own. – 143 more families have come in that
enrolled into our 4K program this year. So the word is getting out
that these people do really good work in preparing
kids for the next step. [Music]

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