Meeting Students’ Needs Academically, Socially and Emotionally

Neuroscience research shows how students change and develop over time, growing as learners and shaping their individual pathways into adulthood.

Building on this body of research, we design and implement holistic personalized learning models that integrate social and emotional learning into an academic context. In Teach to One: Math, deep mathematical understanding and social and emotional learning build on and reinforce one another to enable student success.

How Teach to One: Math Builds Social and Emotional Development

Students learning with Teach to One: Math build their social and emotional development through collaborative learning, performance based tasks and ongoing reflections.

Our Student Success Framework identifies two dimensions of student social and emotional development that guide our program design: learning how to thrive and learning how to learn. In these areas, Teach to One: Math includes specific, transferable skills that can support students throughout their learning.

Learning How to Thrive

  • Goal Setting: Setting goals and reflecting on performance every two to three weeks as part of their growing self-management
  • Social Awareness: Providing feedback to their peers in collaborative learning modalities and performance-based assessments as a way to build social awareness
  • Agency: Building their sense of agency through the ability to “prove” they already understand self-selected math skills
  • Growth Mindset: Growing in self-awareness as learners with a positive mindset as they experience multiple tries on skills within a competency-based model  
  • Relationships: Developing supportive social relationships with adults and peers through a math advisory structure.
  • Self Management: Building self-management skills through independent learning experiences such as note taking routines and tracking progress.

Learning How to Learn

  • Creativity: Growing as flexible and creative thinkers while working with peers on projects.
  • Respectful Communication: Practicing communication skills during small group collaboration.

Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom Teach to One:

Teach to One: Math embeds social-emotional learning within the academic curriculum, throughout recommended teaching practices, and across stand-alone SEL lessons. 

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Teaching Practices

  • Positive narration
  • Collaborative learning
  • Tasks & Task Demos (performance based assessment)
  • Thinking routines

In Academic Curriculum

  • Teachers are required to document student work ethic and contribution
  • Students have the opportunity to have multiple tries at a skill
  • Students may input their own confidence metrics and complete Prove Its which demonstrate they know math skills

Free Standing SEL Lessons

  • Growth mindset
  • Collaboration and conversation with peers
  • Perseverance
  • Active engagement

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