Co-Discovering Interconnectedness in Every Discipline, incl. SEL
The www has changed EVERYTHING by expanding all possibilities to the furthest reaches of intelligence and insights.
Education, fully integrated with SEL enrichment, must also expand if it's to provide authentic short-term, long-term, and independently transferable relevance. Expansion, by definition, must be both horizontal and vertical if it is to keep pace with the current explosion of awareness and wisdom in today's world of interconnectedness. Engaging kids' innate ability (and enthusiasm) to explore every discipline, including SEL, through the lens of SYSTEMS THINKING, will invigorate education for all participants: students, faculty, schools, families and communities.
How? With Questions that respect groups of kids' individual and collaborative expressions of intelligence by 'guiding' them, in peer group discussions, to 'look' in specific directions (that we know have value), but not telling them what to see. These kinds of educational opportunities, when properly designed and implemented, result in dynamic interactions which invariably cause "lights" of comprehension to switch on... spontaneously resulting in genuine ‘ownership’ of what truly matters and what is holistically beneficial.
Kids want to be 'seen,' they want to be age-appropriately challenged, and - most importantly - they want the best of themselves to be evoked... not mandated, EVOKED. (Which is something I know pretty much all of us can all relate to.) This approach is neither difficult nor complex - but it does take an intentional leap away from strictly 'teaching' into the mutually respectful realm of 'facilitation.'