Course Prototype Final: Social-Emotional Learning

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Here we are, the final course prototype! After a lot of change, doubt, editing, fixing, removing, adding etc.-I have finished. Although I have changed my mind many times and made adaptations, I am happy with how it has turned out and hope it will be helpful. I have designed the course to be flexible and easy to adapt for any type of learning and grade (K-5ish). My Course Profile outlined my beginning thoughts and processes around my Social-Emotional Learning course. I believe this is an important subject to be teaching not only during a pandemic, but all the time. When schools shut down in March 2020, my biggest worries for my students were not about the math or literacy they would miss, but for their well-being. It is important for educators to be able to teach important skills online, blended or in-person. I highlight this in my Course Profile and why I choose to create it. This course gives an opportunity for teachers to be able to use the content whichever way works best for them and their students.

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I started with eight modules then narrowed it down to six. I found once I started making my lessons many of my topics connected so I took out the ‘Positive Affirmations’ as it became a part of the Mindfulness module and Growth Mindset. It is a big theme embedded throughout the whole course. I also took ‘bucket filling’ out as it’s own module. It connects and ties in with Feelings and Friendship. I settled with six modules that include four lessons each.

(Actual footage of my brain)

Once I decided to simplify all that I wanted to do, I was able to actually practice what I am trying to teach and create lessons in a mindful state.

For my lessons I am comfortable using Seesaw and that is what I choose to use. It is easy to share the lessons with primary teachers. I wanted to challenge myself and try a new LMS. I tried out a few but it was difficult for me to wrap my head around how they would work with younger students. After exploring a few, I decided to try Google Classrooms and create lessons in there. I made my modules on both Google Classrooms and Seesaw. I later decided to scratch Google Classrooms as it is not a platform I use or understood enough. I enjoyed learning about it and creating lessons but felt Seesaw was the best way to go for me. (If you are a Google Classroom User and would like me to send the lessons I created, I’d be happy to!)

In week eight, we learned about tools to create discussion and peer collaboration within our courses. This challenged me to add ways to engage and connect with classmates which is something I hadn’t thought about with only having experience on Seesaw. I explain how I wanted to do this in my post Impactful Virtual Connections. I added Flipgrid and Padlet to the end of a lesson in each module to create opportunities for students to see their classmates ideas and work.

In week nine, I watched the webinar from Contact North by Dr. Linda Nilson titled, How to Design Online Teaching for Engaged Learning: Merging Instructional Design and Teaching and Learning Research. Although the webinar gave instruction geared toward courses aimed at high school or post-secondary education, I took away the importance of students understanding the goals, framework and outcomes of the course. Dr. Nilson showed many examples of graphic syllabi that got me excited to design one for my course and make sure my lessons have clear goals or ‘I can’ statements.

Canva has been a fun tool to use in the design of this course. I am thankful I was introduced to this and able to have a free account. I used this tool to make it easy to share my course with others as you will see below.

Flowchart

A challenge I felt throughout this process was creating the course for others to use AND make it specific for my students. If it was strictly for my own students to use then I would have made more videos of myself reading or teaching. But I wanted to allow others to use the course and not have my videos floating around. I created a balance of using content already made and having myself read a story or teach. I also used, for example, many books on Epicbooks that I assign specifically for my students so in my lessons some educators may not be able to access those books if they do not have an account. I did not want my account and class code out in the open.

Below is the Canva I created with all the links needed for the course followed by an overview video.

Social-Emotional Learning Course

file:///C:/Users/christina.patterson/Documents/Social-Emotional%20Learning%20Course.pdf

Walkthrough Video of Final Course Prototype

I hope others will see you the value in teaching these skills. I am passionate about all students being able to learn these skills whether they are remote or in-person!

Thank you for reading,

Christina

Published by christinapatt13

I am a grade 2/3 teacher in Regina, Sask. "The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

6 thoughts on “Course Prototype Final: Social-Emotional Learning

  1. Christina I love that you chose to focus on SEL for your course as SEL is so important. Not only is your course appearance calming, but it is also gorgeous. It is amazing what can be created using Canva. You made the course easy for educators to use with students. I love that included additional resources and book suggestions. Your Seesaw lessons are straightforward for students and allow them to practice and demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. Including the audio instructions as well as text instructions is wonderful, making your course even more accessible students. I look forward to trying some of your lessons with my own students.

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  2. Christina, I really like how all of your things match. They look really good, and it looks like you put a lot of work into your course. I hear you on the part of revisions, edits, and constantly second-guessing what you’re doing and why. It looks like you got things cased, as everything looks really good. You did a good job of explaining your course with your video. I look forward to seeing more!

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  3. I love that you worked on Social-Emotional Learning course. When our divisions announced last week that they would be returning to online learning I felt panic and I thought of my how am I going to help my daughter deal with being online and not with her peers. THIS RIGHT HERE is what we need to be focusing on. Good on you for recognizing that! One of the things I found interesting was people’s comforts with different LMS systems. I think seesaw is co confusing and don’t get me started on Microsoft, but I am completely comfortable with google classroom. That is what I love about this assignment so much, we get to see so many different systems in use. Best of luck!

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  4. I love how you decided to share your course and all the links using Canva! It is very visually appealing and easy to navigate. I appreciate that you shared your process of narrowing down your module topics as you realized where things fit in or overlapped. I also love that you show how/where SEL fits into the Health curriculum and the “I Can” statements you included. I find that using the Seven Sacred Teachings is another great way to teach about social-emotional learning! Have you heard of the Seven Teachings Stories by Katherena Vermette? They are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Christina, thanks for sharing. Your course is on such an important topic and is very timely. I like how your graphic design choices mirror the calm and peacefulness that can be achieved through practicing the skills students are learning about. Thanks also for sharing your confusion and struggles regarding LMS. It can be so difficult to find LMS that are a good fit and I am sure that is even more true in elementary. It worked well that you ultimately went with Seesaw as it seems to be the right choice for your content and looks like it will make it easy for both your students and other teachers to utilize the content.

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  6. This is a very beautifully designed course, and I agree with all the other comments about course content. Your topic of Social Emotional Learning is probably the most important part of student learning, especially right now. Thank you for sharing the PDF download of the course content as well. The book recommendations alone are an amazing resource! Well done with the overall design, content and layout of your course. I can’t wait to try some of the activities with my students!

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