Taking care of the whole child – Episode 27

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Mural painted under the stairwell at John Young Elementary School

“Use your words.” Ever said that to a student or child? If so, you are not alone. It’s normal to want a student to voice his feelings or frustrations, rather than act upon them in a negative manner. However, we cannot forget that they need to learn how to express themselves productively.

Our guests share why infusing social-emotional learning helps students mentally and emotionally. Not only do they have the data to support their efforts, the student to student and teacher relationships are stronger.

Using the CASEL Caring School Community Curriculum, teachers intentionally and deliberately teach the five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. The lessons are embedded into the school day, so it’s not “one more thing” for teachers to do.

Listen to this episode to see why giving students a voice is important to their educational and personal growth.

For those interested in what John Young Elementary School is using, here are some links to resources they recommend:

Caring School Community – Impact of Class Meetings
Exclusion Class Meeting
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MEET OUR GUESTS – (This episode was recorded Oct. 28, 2020)

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Simone Stainner has been a school psychologist for 19 years. She did her undergraduate work in Psychology at Rollins College and her graduate work in School Psychology at the University of South Florida. This is Simone’s 11th year with OCPS and seventh year serving John Young Elementary. Simone’s areas of interest include early child development, social emotional learning, and behavior disorders.

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Lino Rodriguez has been an elementary school principal for 30 years. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Florida and his graduate work at the University of Central Florida. He has been a principal at five different schools and is currently serving the students and community at John Young Elementary School. His wife is an OCPS  high school teacher, and his five children graduated from OCPS schools. He spent over 30 years coaching youth sports in the Central Florida area. He firmly believes that as educators we cannot separate the head from the heart, if we want to maximize learning and developing a love for learning.

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