Michelle McCarthy, Teacher of Exceptional Children-Adapted Curriculum, Cardinal CharterTrack 3 HIGHER ED
Within a traditional learning environment with EC children, it can be difficult to work on social and emotional skills during remote learning due to inability to develop community. Also, SEL standards and goals are difficult to meet using a traditional remote learning modality, such as Zoom and LMS.
Students struggled to extrapolate the skills discussed to practical applications. Taking data to determine successful implementation of skills learned was also difficult in these formats. I worked with Enrique Cachafeiro, who has presented at Serious Play before on the use of virtual learning environments for instruction. I discovered that working within a virtual learning environment allowed the students to work on social and emotional skills to a much greater degree of success.
During the presentation, I will discuss my findings and what worked.
After this session, users will know more about using virtual learning environments for social and emotional learning. They will hear about the challenges of teaching children with special needs remotely and how they can be overcome using virtual learning environments.