Fostering SEL through Read Aloud

Oakland Co. Effective Practices Conference #ocep16

Tuesday, June 21, 10:15-11:30

Join me as we explore how to foster social-emotional learning by teaching kids to “take care of themselves, each other, and our world” through read-aloud. Teachers have the potential to make a huge impact on the lives of their students. One of the best ways to help students learn character traits such as empathy, compassion, kindness, persistence, and more is through modeling and exposure. Picture books, in addition to the way we talk and act ourselves, are a great way to expose students to these traits. Learn about the four quadrants of emotional intelligence and how to support them through read aloud. Explore current children’s literature with strong themes to support social-emotional learning. Participants will leave the session with a list of over 150 picture book mentor texts for read aloud! Book giveaways included!


Our objectives will be to:

  • Delve into what we want the children we teach to be like when they grow up - a new vision for 21st century learning.
  • Build a case for why we cannot ignore social-emotional learning.
  • Demonstrate the use of children's literature as "mentor texts" for developing habits of mind and emotional intelligence.
  • Explore thinking routines that can be used in the classroom to foster social-emotional learning.
  • Share resources for current children's literature with themes to support social-emotional learning.


Don't miss this opportunity to network with other K-5 educators interested in supporting students' habit of mind and social-emotional skill development through read aloud!
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