March 11th is #SELDay! During this international day of building bonds and re-imagining the skills taught by learning communities, we are excited to share how EiE® supports social emotional learning and how YOU can support the social and emotional lives of your learners, too!
On this blog, we regularly highlight our Habits of Mind and discuss 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. The Habits of Mind are central to our teaching materials ensuring that all EiE lessons and activities support learners in developing their skills. During each activity and lesson, Habits of Mind discussion prompts help you lead your students in conversations about different SEL skills.
Engineering involves considering problems in context, envisioning multiple solutions, and applying science knowledge to problem solving while computer science involves investigating the features and uses of tools, decomposing problems, and using computers to solve those problems. When focusing on SEL applications, engineering and computer science can help learners connect with each other and meet each other’s needs with technology.
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!
As we expand the uses for the EiE Habits of Mind, we want to hear from you! How do you use the Habits of Mind list? Are there other ways you promote SEL learning? Let us know in the comments below!