SEL in 5 – Investing in Our Leadership
Read this year's final edition of the SEL in 5 newsletter
This month, we discuss ways to slow down and optimize our learning.
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3 SEL Leadership Thoughts
Don't just taste the recipe; look for the ingredients.
When you see something in schools that fascinates you, pay attention to the details. The leader who thinks: "that was interesting" is a consumer. The person who thinks: "what levers did they pull to make something that successful" is on the path to innovation. [Click to Tweet]
Our schedules tend to be dictated by a societal addiction to frenzy that permeates many facets of our lives. But this is the antithesis to deep change. We need to intentionally pivot from hustle to flow; to seek spaces in which we can have opportunities to slow down on a more regular basis. We need to slow down so we can actually build relationships and engage in the activities that restore us. [Tweet This]
We learn best when we:
are involved in our own learning
work with problems that are relevant NOW
can connect content back to our current work
have agency over our learning
In 2023 (and beyond), invest in experiences that will optimize your learning. That is investing in your growth as a leader. [Tweet This]
2 Quotes from SEL Leaders
“Above all, do not ask people to set a goal that is not within their control, and do not ask people to set a performance goal that they do not already know how to meet.” – Isobel Stevenson [Tweet This]
“It’s a great temptation to simplify the issues under the illusion that if you simplify them enough, people will recognize them. I think this illusion is very dangerous because in fact, this is not the way it works. A complex thing can’t be made simple. You simply have to deal with it in all its complexity and hope to get that complexity across.” – James Baldwin [Tweet This]
1 Question to Reflect On
How are you planing to invest in yourself—and in your leadership development—in 2023?
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Until next year(!),
Author of SEL in 5
Founder of Inside SEL
p.s. here’s what else I’m reading and listening to:
5 Ways Schools Can Cope With Student Mental Health Challenges
4 Ways to Build Social-Emotional Skills for English Language Learners
Cultivating Caring Relationships at School: 15 Activities That Promote Staff and Student Connection
How Students Typically Grow in SEL From Elementary to Middle School
New Study Highlights Pandemic Mental Health Toll on Educators