Clock Hours: 30    Term End Date: Aug 20, 2021
Each day, we make thousands of choices, some of them unconscious, others we are keenly aware of. Many of our choices lead to positive outcomes and, of course, some do not! As teachers, we make many professional decisions on a daily basis: decisions about what and how to teach, what to say or not to say to students and colleagues, how to manage our classrooms, and more. We also are aware of student choices and how those affect us and the other students in the classroom. Responsible decision making on the part of students helps keep the classroom running smoothly and helps with classroom management. Responsible decision making is one of five core competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Social-Emotional Learning, or SEL, can be defined as the ability to understand, monitor and regulate emotions. Teaching social-emotional learning, then, is helping students to attain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that people need to make successful choices. When students have developed social-emotional skills, they are better able to manage their emotions, seek help when needed, develop positive relationships, and problem solve in difficult situations. Responsible decision making is a key competency and aspect of SEL. Responsible decision making is a life skill that all students will need for the rest of their lives. In order to make decisions, people need to take into account a variety of factors, including their own values and concerns, the various choices that are available to them, and the consequences of what those decisions might be. Decisions students make, from the most simple, routine decisions made on a daily basis, to the decisions that may impact them for the rest of their lives, involve a process that is unconscious to many students. By making this skill explicit to students, and by helping them to practice these skills in the classroom, we will help them to be more successful in school and in the future in general. Micro-Course (2 P-Credits) - Our Micro-Course option is essentially a mini-course offered over a 4-week term which is more targeted to specific instructional issues and/or strategies. These courses are worth 2 P-Credits and are approximately 24 hours in length. Our mini-term courses will be running during the month of May. Please review our current options below.
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