PAX Good Behaviour Game

A game some Winnipeg students are playing in class dramatically reduces disruptive behavior, according to their teachers.

4Rs (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution) in a 2nd Grade Brooklyn Classroom

A study published in the journal Child Development finds that Morningside Center’s 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution) improves children’s behavior, increases their social competency – – and significantly improves academic achievement for at-risk students. Watch this 15-minute video of The 4Rs program in action in a second grade classroom in Brooklyn.

Social and Emotional Learning After School

This video from Edutopia profiles WINGS, an after-school program in South Carolina that cultivates emotional intelligence. More information on the program is available here.

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Conflict of Friends

This 5-minute video captures a conflict that develops between two middle school friends. It was developed by middle school filmmakers at Brooklyn Friends School for an annual video production competition known as the Bridge Festival.

How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

This video from Edutopia shows how one Alaskan math teacher is combining Social Emotional Learning skills development with the teaching of math in his upper elementary classroom.

Emotional Intelligence: An Overview

Whether it’s in the boardroom or the classroom, individuals need the skills to communicate, work in teams, and let go of the personal and family issues that get in the way of working and learning. Such skills add up to what is known as emotional intelligence, and they are even more important as educators realize that these skills are critical to academic achievement. This 8 minute video from Edutopia provides a quick introduction to the concept of Emotional Intelligence.

CNN Segment on Emotional Intelligence

This video segment is Part Two of a CNN series on the changing nature of Intelligence. It focuses on the impact of SEL on student achievement and school improvement. Conflict Resolution Education is a key part of the broader SEL landscape.

News Story about Cool School video game

News Coverage about Cool School game – Human development scientists (Melanie Killen, University of Maryland) and computer game developers (FJ Lennon and others), with funding from the FMCS, designed a video game that teaches kids how to resolve conflicts peacefully amongst themselves. Inanimate objects, such as pencils and erasers, come to life to lead players through a series of common scenarios in which arguments are about to occur. The player is prompted for the non-violent solution and is rewarded for choosing correctly. (You can download the game here.)

Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading are. This video from presents an overview of the work.