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Who Has Time for Social and Emotional Learning?

 
In our changing field of education, new and veteran teachers alike are feeling pressed to teach to common core standards and feel overwhelmed that there are not enough hours in the day to do "real teaching." Many children have needs made almost unimportant because of the crunch for time within the school day. Teachers see some unmet needs in their students and feel overwhelmed that they don’t have enough time or resources to reach their struggling students. In this digital inquiry, you will learn about my trials and tribulations about teaching second grade in Jamaica, Queens through my inquiry process with Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project. 
 
During the 2014-2015 school year, my second grade self-contained class consisted of 9 boys and 1 girl. This year was the third year these students were together. By the third day of school they were sick of each other and knew how to push each others buttons and I was having a hard time de-escalating any of their problem behaviors. I had a few other teachers in my building who had joined Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project (TCICP) Inquiry-to-Action Teams in previous years and this year seemed like the perfect opportunity to join to seek some outside perspective and gain new ideas.