Study Group: Social-Emotional Learning Strategies


Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Study Groups are school-based professional learning communities. Study groups develop a goal to guide their learning throughout the school year, and meet monthly to discuss instruction and push their practice to reach their goal. Learn more about Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School’s study group and what they learned about the components of a balanced literacy program.

School: Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School

Text: Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, Cheryl Tyler

Study Group Leader: Alejandra De La Peña

Study Group Members: Vorlak Phillips, Esmeralda Rios, Mary Villa

Goal: To increase students’ literacy and social-emotional skills by one level on Teaching Strategies Gold by spring. With this text, we will learn and implement social-emotional learning strategies.

Based on our reflections on the readings and putting multiple strategies into practice, we learned more about preschoolers’ social-emotional development and how to best support them. This was very helpful when describing growth for diverse learners. Each of the study group members benefited in different ways from the text. From gaining a better understanding of students’ passions and interests by carefully observing their stages of play to having a classroom of student authors who want to read aloud to the whole group of their peers daily! Teachers were able to differentiate instruction to best meet the needs of students, especially diverse learners in two blended classrooms with these social-emotional learning strategies.