Wolfe wholeheartedly agrees. "Because of the emphasis on high test scores in most districts, teachers are under enormous pressure to push … namely from a community that wants to see those high scores," she says. "But the best schools realize that you can get good test scores from creating real understanding. If you focus on getting students to understand what they learn, rather than simply drilling test material, the scores will take care of themselves."
The importance of social and emotional learning comes into play in the classroom
"We need food but don't eat constantly-and that is the same for emotional intelligence,' says Elias. "If we give recognition and appreciation, it is digested and then the next day they may need some more-but they don't need a constant supply."
Heather Cunningham is a mom and writer who lives in Batavia and writes frequently on health and parenting issues.
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