As an educator, I am interested in the whole child represented by each of my students. Educators realize the connection between social and emotional learning and academic outcomes. The Every Student Succeeds Act expresses an interest in SEL, Social and Emotional Learning. Last week, I created Google Forms for my students to anonymously complete two SEL surveys using SEL measures from @PanoramaEd adapted from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I share the results with the hope that other like-minded teachers will begin to collaborate to discuss best practices that combine SEL for better academic outcomes.
When looking at the results, I will keep in mind the caveat expressed by Jonathan E. Martin, @JonathanEMartin,
"Respondents to such surveys often inflate their own skills to provide more socially desirable answers and suffer from “reference bias,” which is to say there is no consistent comparative set for different responders as they self-evaluate their skills.
My students are but a small subset of my school. Evaluating the results below do provide me with a snapshot of my students' beliefs regarding their sense of belonging and their academic outcomes. I can use these results to create a baseline of understanding and to begin to build a stronger more supportive school culture. Since many of these students will take a second course with me next school year, I'll be able to see how their responses change as a group as they grow and learn. I'm sharing these results in the hopes that other educators will begin to do the same.
Sense of Belonging