The RULER approach is an inter vention for K 12 students teach ers

The ruler approach is an inter vention for k 12

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The RULER approach is an inter- vention for K-12 students, teach- ers, administrators, and parents that focuses on emotion recogni- tion, understanding, labeling, ex- pression, and regulation. During an initial two-day training, teach- ers and administrators learn about tools that they and their students can use to create emotionally sup- portive schools and classrooms. Teachers attend an additional training on implementing the stu- dent curriculum, and they receive up to five coaching visits in their classrooms. Relationship-building interven- tions: Interventions designed to foster positive teacher-student interactions frequently use coach- ing, in which professional men- tors provide classroom-based feedback and specific strategies. The 4R’s + MTP project is a promising new approach to SEL- focused coaching. It is designed to enhance an evidence-based SEL curriculum for students, the 4R’s (Reading, Writing, Respect, & Resolution), with an evidence- based professional development and support system, My Teaching Partner (MTP). MTP provides a web site with videos and other re- sources that teachers can access at any time as well as biweekly, one- on-one consultation via the Inter- net. Teachers regularly videotape their own teaching of lessons in SEL skills, literacy, and language and receive specific written feed- back from consultants. The obser- vations and feedback are guided by the empirically validated Class- room Assessment Scoring System framework and assessment instru- ment, which focuses on teacher- student interactions. Mindfulness and stress reduction: Mindfulness refers to both a state of being and an approach based in meditation and other center- ing techniques. When people are mindful, they are focused, aware of the present moment, nonjudg- mental, and accepting of situa- tions as they are. Strategies for building mindfulness include deep breathing, reflection, yoga, and secular meditation. Mindfulness practices have been used in medi- cal and military populations with evidence of effectiveness and are now being applied in education settings with the goal of help- ing educators be less reactive and more reflective, responsive, and flexible. Two mindfulness pro- grams for educators are CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resil- ience in Education) and SMART (Stress Management and Resil- iency Training). Both programs aim to build educators’ mindful- ness, job satisfaction, feelings about students, and efficacy for regulating emotions. SEL routines: Like students, educators can benefit from struc- tures and routines that continually remind and guide them in using SEL skills. Used in ongoing ways throughout the school day, rou- tines can take the form of struc- tured activities (e.g., techniques for calming down) or specific language (e.g., “I messages” for stating feelings). Some programs and classrooms have wall posters that remind students and adults to use these strategies. For example, routines are an important part of a new program for students and ed- ucators in grades pre-K to 3 called SECURe (Social, Emotional, and
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  • Spring '17
  • Michael Allen
  • Sel, SEL competencies

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