By: Judy M.
March 5, 2016
Teaching children how to behave in class by respecting each other and the classroom is a bedrock of education, but now some schools in California are taking this to a new level. Starting this year, several California school districts will for the first time be testing students on how well they have learned skills like self-control and conscientiousness.
All teachers understand the importance of nurturing social-emotional skills, a vague term but one which includes self-respect, respect for others, ability to focus, and perseverance. Running a classroom involves paying attention to these skills alongside teaching the curriculum.
Indeed, if students are lacking in these abilities, it can be impossible to actually instruct. Many kindergarten teachers affirm that skills like having a sense of confidence, the ability to solve simple problems and work cooperatively with peers, as well as to follow directions, are far more important for new students than any academic skills.
Many schools have been emphasizing social-emotional learning since 2011, after an analysis of 213 school-based programs that were teaching these skills found an improvement of 11 percentile points in overall academic achievement.
Now the term “grit” is being used to describe the combination of all the social-emotional skills that will indicate the future success of students. If you’re curious how much grit you have, you can take the test here.
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