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Meeting Students’ Needs Academically, Socially and Emotionally

Why Social and Emotional Learning Matters

A growing body of evidence in the cognitive sciences shows how social and emotional skills shape academic outcomes and build habits for lifelong success.

Academic Outcomes: A meta-analysis of 213 school-based social and emotional learning programs showed an 11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement for students from kindergarten through high school.¹

Future Life Outcomes: A 20-year retrospective study found statistically significant associations between social-emotional skills in early ages and young adult outcomes, such as high school completion, higher education attainment, and full-time employment.²

New Classrooms aims to integrate social and emotional learning into an academic context through the design and implementation of new learning models. In our flagship offering, Teach to One: Math, students achieve deep mathematical understanding while engaging in social and emotional learning that reinforces and builds upon the overall learning experience. 

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¹ Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D. & Schellinger, K. B. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1): 405–432. https://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/meta-analysis-child-development-1.pdf
² Moffitt, T. E.et al, (2011). A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 2693–2698.

How Teach to One Integrates Social and Emotional Learning

Students learning with Teach to One: Math (TTO) engage in 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 learn and learning how to thrive. In these areas, TTO includes specific, transferable skills that can support students throughout their learning.

Learning How to Learn

  • Creativity and flexibility: Growing as flexible and creative thinkers while working independently or with peers on projects. Able to learn new concepts in a variety of contexts.
  • Respectful Communication: Practicing communication skills during small-group collaboration and performance-based tasks.
  • Appreciation and Desire for Learning: Recognizing the importance of intellectual exploration and deriving satisfaction from the process.

Learning How to Thrive

  • Goal Setting: Establishing goals and reflecting on performance every two to three weeks as part of enhancing self-management.
  • Social Awareness: Providing and receiving feedback from peers in collaborative learning modalities and performance-based projects.
  • Agency: Building sense of agency through the ability to “prove” understanding of self-selected math skills.
  • Growth Mindset: Recognizing that learning is a series of challenges and mistakes that inform next steps and eventually result in success. 
  • Relationships: Developing supportive social relationships with adults and peers through an advisory or collaborative learning structure.
  • Self-management: Building skills through independent learning experiences, such as note-taking routines and tracking progress.

Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom with TTO:

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

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In Academic Curriculum

  • Scheduled Math Advisory time throughout the school year
  • Check-in time at the start and end of every class
  • Teachers document student attendance, work ethic, and contributions in each session
  • Students have opportunity to try a skill multiple times, returning to it until they achieve mastery
  • Students can return to skills they struggle with and take on-demand assessments when ready
  • Collaborative learning and peer review in multiple modalities

Teaching Practices

  • Positive narration and qualitative scoring: focus on progress (room for growth, not yet, almost there, great, etc.)
  • Celebrations of success throughout the Student Portal : Badges, Pointsy (Pointsy is a character that appears when students go above and beyond.)
  • Opportunities for daily self-reflection in Math Advisory, Tasks, and Task Demos 
  • Thinking routines embedded throughout all lesson modalities
  • Common Planning time for teachers to collaborate towards student success

Free Standing SEL Lessons

  • Growth mindset
  • Character focus and academic focus
  • Collaboration and conversation with peers
  • Perseverance
  • Work ethic and contribution
  • Active engagement
  • Thinking routines

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