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Thursday, December 12, 2019

We know that our students are more than grades and test scores. We know this, but are we regularly teaching to the whole child? Let's reflect on the tenets of the whole child to make sure we're on track.

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"Actually meeting students where they are on their learning journey signals to them that we are advocates for their personal growth, success, and well-being." 

-Celina Brennan

Teaching to the whole child

Twenty-first century education targets the whole child. A champion of the whole child philosophy is the organization ASCD, who believes that the basic needs of the whole child must be met in order for that child to achieve potential in learning and in life.

How well do you feel the basic needs are met within your classroom?

Take a few minutes to reflect on what you do to teach the whole child, and about what you need to focus more attention on in the new year. In your reflection, consider the ASCD tenets of the whole child:
  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning, and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
  • Each student is challenged academically, and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.
Your students depend on you to help them reach their learning potential, and keeping your eye on the needs of the whole child is a critical first step towards supporting them in their journeys. Taking time to think about how you're already hitting several of these tenets as well as where you might want to consciously spend more time or attention is a great way to bring this to the forefront of your teaching.
 
     
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Let them talk!
 
Edutopia wrote an article last week about what happens when we, as educators, talk less.  Spoiler alert: the students speak and learn more! We have seen this in our own experience - the more we use prompts or open-ended questions, the more students will answer. The best part is that the more they talk, the easier it is for us to see where the issues are if they don't understand. We know how uncomfortable it can be to watch a student struggle or to sit in silence, but opening this door is a great way to dive deeper and support your student in a more meaningful way.

Like what you're reading?

We would love to learn about how we can support your professional development. Our personalized learning platform allows educators to focus on what they really want and need to know while supporting the overall vision for total professional development.

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