HeartSmarts Grades 3-5 Teacher's Kit -
For classroom use
New social and emotional supplemental learning program
There's enormous pressure to do well in school and fit in, and numerous relationship challenges with family, friends and teachers. HeartSmarts teaches students to manage stress, improve learning and strengthen relationships. The program is based on the Institute of HeartMath's innovative research into the physiology of learning, teaching students a core set of tools and strategies that become part of the meaningful rituals and routines in their classrooms, intervention groups or after-school programs. HeartSmarts is organized into five modules. Short lessons within each module use experiential learning for problem-solving and collaborative discussion on topics related to school performance. Through minimal practice and reflection, students develop "habits of the heart" that improve learner readiness, motivation, behavior management and classroom climate. Students identify their emotions, recognize situations that trigger stressful emotions, learn skills to improve communication and are taught a series of tools on how to shift to the heart. Students love this program because it enables them to talk about what is most important to them and offers concrete ways to help them feel and perform better.
Program Components Includes:
- The Leader's Guide — offering a bird's-eye view of the program: This booklet includes a summary of the modules, rubric for skill development and the relevant research. Each module contains essential understandings, student objectives, core learning experiences, "apply it" activities and assessment strategies for checking student progress.
- Slides — presenting the "big ideas" in visual form: A series of 20 slides that allow the educator to present key ideas either through a PowerPoint slide show or using a presentation flip book for table-top display with smaller groups of students.
- Module Booklets — developing knowledge and skills: Each module has a series of 4 or 5 core learning experiences with follow-up activities for further practice. Handouts and task cards for follow-up practice are found in the back of each booklet, along with recommended reading and links to Web sites of programs that complement this one in principle and practice.
- Classroom posters — keeping core concepts visible: Three 8" x 24" posters are included: The Inner Weather Report, Get in Sync and Shifting Negative Self Talk.
- emWave® PC technology (optional) — providing instant feedback on the physiology of learning: The emWave PC technology helps students and adults better deal with stress and improve performance. Students are fascinated when they see on a computer screen how emotions instantly change their heart rhythms. Fun, interactive software games are included in the program to help them strengthen skills through regular practice. This is an optional component not included in the base price of the kit but highly recommended as a medium that fully engages students and accelerates program mastery.
- Assessment tools — for reflecting along the way: Each module has assessment activities to help students show what they know.
- CD Rom: The program includes an introductory video for teachers, a PowerPoint slide show that presents key ideas to students for each module and a short movie for lesson 2.2.
- What emotions do you experience in a day?
- Where are you on the Emotional Window?
- How are feelings like the weather?
- Calming yourself when upset: The HeartShift tool
- How do clear roles help us work well together?
Getting in Sync for Learning
- How do emotions affect your body?
- How do emotions get in the way of learning?
- Shifting negative self-talk
- HeartSmarts Tool: Get in Sync
- Using HeartSmarts in math
Listening with Your Heart
- What does listening look like, sound like and feel like?
- Role play
- HeartSmarts tool: Heart Listening
- Changing a stressful situation
- emWave PC technology demonstration (optional)
Becoming Your Best Self
- What does it mean to be your best self? Discovering my strengths and exploring my future.
- Improving my personal best: Creating an action plan
- Who and what do you appreciate?
- Building more care: HeartSmarts tool — Shift & Shine
- What makes a good friend? How can I be a good friend?
Sharing what you know
- How can you make better choices?
- Discussing everyday dilemmas
- How will you share what you know?
- Choosing a performance task
- How have you grown your HeartSmarts?
- Student presentations
Why Heart-Based Education? HeartMath research has identified a measurable physiological state that underlies optimal learning and performance. In this state, our emotions are calm, and our brain, nervous system and other bodily systems function with increased synchronization and harmony. In simple terms, we're highly in sync — physically, mentally and emotionally. This in turn, facilitates the higher cognitive processes critical for focusing attention, reasoning and creativity — all essential for effective learning, academic achievement and social success.
Research Says Students who experience Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for School Performance:
- Improve math, literacy and social studies skills
- Have higher achievement test scores and grades and no decreases in standardized test scores
- Improve learning-to-learn skills
- Develop better problem-solving and planning ability
- Use higher-level reasoning strategies
- Show improvement in reading comprehension
Research Says Students who experience Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for School Behaviors:
- Participate more in class
- Demonstrate more pro-social behavior
- Have fewer absences and improved attendance
- Show reductions in aggression and disruptions
- Are on track to graduate and less likely to drop out
- Are more likely to work out their own way of learning
Research Says Students who experience Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for School Attitudes:
- Have a stronger sense of community
- Exhibit higher academic motivation and educational aspirations
- Show better understanding of consequences of behavior
- Have greater ability to cope with school stressors
- Show more positive attitudes toward school and learning
What teachers, students and others are saying about HeartSmarts Program:
- Evelyn, a fifth-grade teacher: "As I began to make it part of our daily routine to get in sync for learning, it made both teaching and learning easier. The children are quite excited about their ability to feel better quickly when they get upset and calm themselves in stressful situations, instead of just reacting. I also noticed that my students are kinder to each other."
- Eddie, a fifth-grade student: "I learned that I don't have to get mad all the time and have my family upset with me."
- Sandeep, a fifth-grade student: "When you listen with your heart, you can tell what the other person is feeling and what is important to them."
- Rami Meuth, district director of curriculum: "What impressed me as I watched the students was the quality of questions they were asking as they worked together on a math puzzle. They looked at the problem from different perspectives and came up with an answer but it was wrong. They revised their thinking and found a better solution. These are the skills they'll need for work in the 21st century."
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