Teaching With the HEART In Mind, by educator Lorea Martinez, is an accessible and highly-readable entry-point to Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Martinez combines science with strategy, outlining the important role emotions play in learning and then providing guidance for teachers + educators who would like to embed principles of SEL into their academic content.
In this series, I will summarize the five chapters of the book, highlighting key takeaways.
Chapter 1 focuses on the role emotions play in powerful learning.
Social Emotional Learning is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships and make responsible and caring decisions. (See more at CASEL)
Educators (and caregivers) deeply understand the importance of helping students cultivate these capacities. But there have not been many practical guides to help busy teachers easily integrate SEL into existing lesson plans. With this book, Martinez is attempting to provide just that.
Emotions and cognition are tied together by the same neural processes. So thinking and feeling are deeply intertwined. But what does that mean for learning?