What does it mean to have hope?

Did you know that all of these questions can only be answered if your students have HOPE?

  • What does your future look like?
  • Will you graduate high school? Will you go on to college?
  • Can you help others and change the world?
  • Can you see yourself being happy and secure?

The science and power of hope is knowing you have the ability to make tomorrow better than today. The good news is hope can be taught. 

Students with high hope: 

  • Will have a positive outlook on the future
  • Will be able to set goals that will lead them to a better future
  • Believe they will attain those goals and be successful 
  • Will persevere and push through obstacles and setbacks

How do you teach hope?

1- Teach how to set goals

Goals are measurable end results that lead to a desired future. Many students have goals and visions of the future but more often than not students lack specific steps and timelines to attain those set goals. 

2- Teach patients and promote a growth mindset 

Growth mindset allows students to believe they can continue to develop skills and talents through effort and persistence. They are also more receptive to feedback. 

3- Empower children by identifying individual strengths 

If a student can identify their strengths they will be able to use those strengths to attain goals. Inversely they will be aware of what they find challenging and be able to face those difficulties with persistence and hard work.

4- Share stories and experiences of “failures” and overcoming challenges

Allowing students to hear other people’s journeys and see the hard work, setbacks, and success are all part of attaining goals. Hearing from an adult that they admire or look up to can help them understand that challenges are just part of the process and everyone experiences them.

5- Identify that challenges and setbacks are part of the journey towards set goals

Understanding that attaining goals is a series of steps and that the journey to that set goal is just as important as the goal completion. Setbacks are an opportunity to reassess the strategy toward that set goal and that some steps may be more challenging than others and take longer to attain.

How does Hope amplify SEL?

During social emotional learning education, students properly develop healthy attitudes, learn to manage emotions, create strategies to achieve goals, and cultivate positive relationships. Infusing skills to learn to hope in our SEL curriculum encourages students to work toward a better tomorrow.

When educators teach social-emotional learning along with strategies to nurture hope (My Best Me curriculum), the impact is felt beyond the classroom. Higher hope equates to academic improvement, emotional livelihood, and thriving teachers.

Social Emotional Learning: Digital vs Text

When the pandemic started in 2020 school had to make a BIG shift and educators had to adapt in order to keep students on track. School moved to online classes and digital material helped make this transition easier. 

Though digital material has its place in education it also has its limitations. These limitations were made very clear throughout the pandemic as students went to school remotely. Students became more isolated, some children fell behind in academics and overall mental health took a plunge. Proving the point that people crave and desire connection with others and that although digital advances and interaction have their benefits they also have their limitations.  

Now that children are back in school some of the digital tools educators have been using have stayed and school districts have had to decide if they should continue investing in digital tools, print material, or a combination of both. 

Print vs Digital curriculum

Print matters – studies have shown that print is the most effective way for students to learn and retain the material. People tend to put more effort when reading print rather than digital text and less time skimming through the material.

Especially in the subject of social-emotional learning where we emphasize human-to-human interaction, a healthy balance between life skills, emotional skills, and a growth mindset. A printed curriculum can provide more opportunities for connection and discussion with fewer distractions.

A survey done by The Bay View Analytics showed that 61% of teachers prefer using printed materials rather than digital and 59% of students said they feel they retain more when the material is in print. 

Using Digital to Enhance SEL:

  • Facilitate collaboration
  • Easier progress tracking
  • Multimedia input – information is reinforced when text and video/pictures are presented together

What is a good balance between digital text and printed text?igital

“My Best Me” has written the curriculum with these thoughts in mind. We understand the importance of printed materials and continue to create digital material to enhance the learning experience and discussion.