When I asked, “How do students see the world?” A participant in our webinar yesterday shared, students are “worried about climate change, mass extinctions, acceleration of hate, growing economic disparity, and political craziness. They feel like the generation before them is not paying attention to how they are leaving the world for them.”
The goal of Love In A Big World is to build healthy relationships between students and caring adults, including educators and youth leaders, so kids know they are not alone - that the generation before them is dedicated to their good. An SEL curriculum can be a helpful tool for building relationships and sparking meaningful conversations as long as it is culturally relevant.
In order to effectively teach about character and decision-making, we must meet kids where they are. As caring adults, we must examine the stories we are telling and the images we are portraying. Are we inviting our students to move toward us or are we alienating them?
Additionally, we need to take inventory of our teaching and learning strategies. Are we open to using pop culture and the arts in the classroom to teach SEL and make real world connections?
In response to this encouragement, another participant responded: “I love the pop culture approach, but we struggle with making appropriate connections with our kiddos. Most of them listen to music that is clearly not appropriate for them…we are trying to create a healthy space for them and not try to revert back to a Kidz Bop version. What advice would you give in this area on how to make it a positive experience for all?”
Discover the answer to this question and more by watching our webinar: What are the keys to cultural relevance in a social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum?