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The Use of Metaphors in Social Emotional Learning?

The Use of Metaphors in Social Emotional Learning?

There have been many books and articles written about the power of metaphors in both the worlds of education and psychology. At its heart, metaphors in both education and psychology help people conn

Ripple effect as a metaphor for social emotional learning
ect a new idea to an already established concept. This connection aids intrinsic understating of the new idea. Since social-emotional learning (SEL) is connected to both the disciplines of psychology and education, it would be valuable to explore the metaphor’s impact and role within the field of SEL.

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Count it Up

Count it Up

I was recently in my car listening to CBC Radio 2 (for Americans, this is like Canada’s version of NPR Radio) and I heard a song titled Count it Up by the UK band Field Music. I didn’t necessarily love the song but I thought the content of the lyrics were quite meaningful. It went through some of the basic things that we often forget to be thankful for or recognize the value of what we already have. The song asks the listener to consider if they  “own their own car” or “If your mom or dad had a job growing up”, or...

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What's Your Squawking Rubber Chicken?

What's Your Squawking Rubber Chicken?

We all have things in our lives that are our squawking rubber chickens. Sometimes our chicken reflect more common issues like being late or getting ready for a presentation, or meeting someone new. Other times the chickens are more significant, like an illness, family separation, or being left out. The first step towards self-awareness, and then possibly self-management, is figuring out - what are our squawking rubber chickens?

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Incorporating Experiential Education into Social-Emotional Learning

Incorporating Experiential Education into Social-Emotional Learning Experiential Education. Bringing John Dewey and Kurt Han's ideas regarding experiential education into modern social-emotional learning practices based on the Collaborative for Social Emotional Learning's (CASEL's) framework.

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Welcome Back Games

Welcome Back Games

  Tomorrow I head back to my schools after a wonderful winter break with my family. As much as my kids say they wish winter break can continue, I can hear and see through many clues that they are excited to return to the consistencies of school. Perhaps the idea they are most excited about is re-connecting with their classmates, friends and, yes, even their teachers. As a school counsellor, I know that this social excitement does not exist with every student. Many students are anxious about having to return to school. Perhaps their anxieties are related to leaving the comfort of their...

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