Big Feelings in Tiny Humans: Examining How Emotions and Current Social Emotional Practices Impact Behavior in the Classroom
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Master of Education in Teaching and Learning
As a result of COVID-19, many schools are experiencing a rise of challenging behavior among students. This is causing many teachers to implement social emotional practices to help students regulate their behavior. The purpose of this study was to examine the impacts of social emotional learning, specifically implementing a daily feelings check-in, within a kindergarten classroom. Additionally, this study sought to understand teacher and student perceptions of the current SEL curriculum. This was completed through conducting interviews, surveys, and field notes over a three-week period. Using the constant comparative method, I generated 16 level 1 and 4 level 2 codes from key themes and analyzed the numerical data from my surveys and behavior trackers. The major findings of this study include factors that can trigger challenging behaviors for students, as well as an increase in students independently using the tools and language to regulate and express their own emotions.
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Gilb, Annie, "Big Feelings in Tiny Humans: Examining How Emotions and Current Social Emotional Practices Impact Behavior in the Classroom" (2023). Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning. 62.