Welcome to the Holistic-Learning-DrM Wikispace.

This space is created is for professional educators to come together to explore some of the following questions:

  1. How do we embed Social Emotional Learning in the course of normal instruction?

  2. How important is Social Emotional Learning to academic learning, especially at the middle school level?

  3. How can we improve learning by the whole child rather than separating everything in content pieces and separate Social Emotional Learning pieces.

Sample Lesson Plans

For an example in progress, please look at this problem-based learning project:

About this WikiSpace

My name is Dr. Joel Montgomery. I am a professional educator who participated on a team of bilingual teachers working in School District U-46 through a month-long exploration project in May, 2007, to learn how social-emotional learning impacts academic performance.

Go to the research page in this WikiSpace to see a copy of the final project report.

We learned during that project that social-emotional learning (SEL) is an essential part of a person. Social-emotional competencies impact all of our relationships and aspirations. Social emotional learning, language proficiency, attitudes and habits regarding education and schooling are all influenced by the life experiences each person has from before birth.

The State of Illinois has added Social-Emotional Learning to its list of Illinois Learning Standards. Schools were required to implement SEL in July, 2007.

Research indicates that family literacy is a critical factor in promoting literacy in children (Sticht, 2008). Social-emotional competence (literacy) is also strongly influenced by family norms (Cruz et al., 2007).

We need to think about the students we teach as whole beings rather than specialized parts. Dividing the curriculum into separate pieces is not authentic to the world these students will have to deal with outside of school hours. In order to prepare students for the "real world" and to build academic literacy for all, we need to find new ways for students to learn what they need to learn in school. Reviews of literacy programs (Montgomery, 2008) indicate that literacy programs for parents makes a big difference in students willingness to engage in learning activities to promote academic literacy.

We will be exploring these ideas in practice this year in a form of Action Research. We invite you to participate with us and to help bring these ideas to life in ways that are meaningful to everyone connected with Illinois School District U-46 and beyond.

Related Wikispaces

Research focused Wikispace page

Visit http://joelmonty.wikispaces.com/research for recent articles and links.