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How Our Habits of Mind Bolster Social Emotional Learning

Posted by EiE Team on Friday, March 26, 2021

Today is #SELDay! We’re excited to celebrate this international day of building bonds and re-imagining communities with you. Studies show that SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) provides many benefits to students—from improved social-emotional skills, well-being and behavior to improved academic outcomes—and these results are long-term and global, with proven positive impact up to 18 years later on academics, conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use.

On this blog, we often feature our Habits of Mind, highlighting the ways engineers and computer scientists feel, think and go about their work, ways to integrate the habits of mind in your classroom and more.  

As we focus today on social and emotional learning, keep these highlights from our Habits of Mind series in mind and explore how they can work with you to achieve your SEL goals!

Engineering involves considering problems in context, envisioning multiple solutions, and applying science knowledge to problem solving. Use these opportunities to explore the unique engineering challenges that come from our different backgrounds — engage your students with each other and the world around them to work on engineering and empathy skills at the same time.

Computer science involves investigating the features and uses of tools, decomposing problems, and using computers to solve those problems. When focusing on SEL applications, computer science can help learners connect with each other and meet each other’s needs with technology.

And, a great way for students to practice the Habits of Mind is through conversation. To help educators facilitate these conversations, we’ve created a list of discussion prompts for the Habits of Mind.

habits of mind...weigh the implications

Now that we’ve explored the EiE Habits of Mind, we want to hear from you! How do you use the Habits of Mind list? Are there certain Habits you find especially important? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by EiE Team

Topics: Engineering Habits of Mind, Early Childhood STEM Education, Early Engineering, Engineering is Elementary, Create a Generation of Problem Solvers

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