This literature review explores the following question: “To what extent do teacher attitudes, norms, values, basic assumptions, and behaviour influence authentic inclusion, infusion, and embedding of Aboriginal perspectives in the Alberta Social Studies Program?” Ottman and Pritchard (2010) discuss why it is difficult for many teachers to integrate Aboriginal cultures and perspectives as they have not had the appropriate educational background to prepare them for such diverse classrooms. They introduce culturally responsive classrooms and how teachers can prepare for teaching that is more culturally sensitive, including: self-reflection, evaluation of values and beliefs, using resources, teaching material, and instructional strategies that respect the culture, life experience, and the learning needs of each student; and acknowledging the contribution that each student has made to the culture and learning dynamic of the classroom.
This is an academic article that deeply examines the how social/emotional competencies combine to create healthy social/emotional learning experiences. This article will serve as a frame in terms of providing peer reviewed information for competencies that can be developed or integrated via technology into classroom curriculum. These competencies are: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship management, and Responsible Decision-Making.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Their mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school. SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships. This resource will be paramount in developing strategies for socio/emotional support in curriculum and providing practical examples of how supportive relationships shape academic outcomes.