Recently a preschool teacher at our school shared a resource from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) that I found very helpful and plan to use in my observation arsenal. This tool helps develop staff abilities to address this important area of skill development. Rather than having informal observation, conjecture and opinion this tool provides clear strategies and marvelous data for educators to use. The CSEFEL works on the concept of having a strong, effective workforce supporting other areas of social development. Sounds like a good plan, right?
(Image from http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/)
The Inventory of Practices for Promoting Children’s Social Emotional Competence is a clear, concise and practical observation tool that addresses both students and staff development. The inventory focuses on four general areas:
- building positive relationships
- creating supportive environments
- social emotional teaching strategies
- individualized intensive interventions