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Social and Emotional Learning: Engineering Empathy in the Early Childhood Classroom

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You likely know that emotional development and social skills are essential for school readiness, but you may be wondering why you should include engineering in your early learner classroom or are unsure how it relates to Social Emotional Learning, or SEL. Join Naomi Harm as she explains how incorporating engineering activities can provide real world opportunities for children to empathize, make responsible decisions, actively listen, collaborate, and develop a growth mindset. She will also share some examples of engineering learning examples to support and nurture SEL in your early childhood classroom.


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: Cross-curricular
Last aired on: Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Diversity & SEL, STEAM
Tags: Early Elementary, Early Learners, empathy, engineering, PreK-2, social emotional learning, STEAM, STEM

Reviews (21)

My district is placing a focus on social-emotional learning this year, and I'm ecstatic. The connection between STEM & SEL is fascinating to me.

I'm going to implement STEM bags with my after school program kids.

And I'm definitely looking into the book titles you shared that encourage kids to tinker, invent, and engineer. Sharing the list with our librarian ASAP!

Also, adding you on Twitter. @TechnoBabble14
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It's an interesting link between SEL and STEM - especially the engineering! Great info!
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I liked the ideas for centers/independent practice
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As a teacher and parent of a 3 year old, I found this very informative. A am going to look into the Engineering Checklists and I already downloaded some of the EIE (Wee Engineer) Challenges to try. I plan on checking out some of the books you listed. I agree that the emotional development and social skills are critical for kids to be prepared for school. Implemented engineering to young kids gives them opportunities to explore, make good decisions and collaborate.
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Great info!
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Thank you!
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Good resources Thank you
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I found this to be especially helpful to me in regards to function applications that I can use my daily caseload with my speech and language kids
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Wonderful early childhood resources. Well presented! Thank You
Very good webinar & good information!
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