Over the years there's been a gradual recognition that if schools want students to perform well on achievement tests they must also help them deal with their emotions. The two are linked and often children can't pay attention to what they are learning because of the tumult of emotions going on inside them. That's why social and emotional learning has gradually become an important part of many school curricula. In her New York Times article, Jennifer Kahn explains the research around social and emotional learning, as well as how it can practically be carried out.
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