Time for another mid-year “Best” list!

I’ll be adding this list to ALL MID-YEAR “BEST OF 2019” LISTS IN ONE PLACE!

I publish a regular series called SEL Weekly Update, and I thought it would useful to readers and to me to review them and highlight the ones I think are the best of the year.

You might also be interested in “Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources. All my “Best” lists related to SEL, including previous editions of this Best list, can be found there.

Here are my choices from the past six months:

The Deficit Lens of the ‘Achievement Gap’ Needs to Be Flipped. Here’s How appeared in Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits and to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Achievement Gap” (or “Opportunity Gap”).

Restorative Justice in U.S. Schools An Updated Research Review is from WestEd. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.

Rewarding students: should we? If so, how? is from Harry Fletcher-Wood. I’m adding it to Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

We Tell Our Kids That Hard Work Always Pays Off. What Happens When They Fail Anyway? is from TIME, and discusses the dangers of “grit.” I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit”

How to Motivate Kids to Practice Hard Things is a really good piece from Greater Good Magazine. I like it a lot. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice.

An SEL Twist On The Autobiographical Incident Essay

“It’s Hard To Delay Gratification. Just Ask Cookie Monster” is a new fun video, accompanied by a useful short article, from NPR.

I’m adding it to Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.


Mindfulness Won’t Save Us. Fixing the System Will. is by Christina Torres. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough.

Here’s The End-Of-Year Goal-Setting Unit I’m Using With Students (Videos & Handouts Included!)

Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning is by Dena Simmons. I’m adding it to Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

Is PBIS Creating Extrinsically-Driven Students? is an interesting piece I learned about through NiaBTeaching. I’m adding it to Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

Research scholars to air problems with using ‘grit’ at school is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit”

4 Reasons Good Employees Lose Their Motivation is from Harvard Business Review. I’m adding it Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

Storytelling Instead Of Scolding: Inuit Say It Makes Their Children More Cool-Headed is from NPR.

Growth Mindset In Action

I’ve written in the past about an exercise researchers developed to help students identify the most important values in their lives, and why it can be so effective in enhancing student motivation (see New Research Finds That Simple Writing Exercise About Personal Values Can Have A Big Impact). I share in detail how to do the activity and, in fact, just did it last week in class. It’s easy to do, and now Character Lab has made it even easier by creating free downloadable hand-outs for teachers to use.

Empathy and Resilience, Responsibility and Self-Care: Resources for Social and Emotional Learning From The New York Times is from The NY Times Learning Network.

Nature versus Nurture is by Angela Duckworth. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The Nature/Nurture Debate.