Promoting Teacher Social Emotional Competence: A Professional Development Series

Teaching can be an emotional profession, as teachers are faced with a wide variety of situations in any given day and are required to act quickly and flexibly as the situation demands. Teaching can be a stressful job with stressors from school administration, state standards, parental demands and student needs. To manage a classroom and deliver effective instruction requires social-emotional self-management as well pedagogical skills. Designed to help develop and strengthen their social emotional competencies, the professional development developed as the product of this thesis project offers a two part professional development, through a PowerPoint presentation as well as an independent activity for the teachers to engage in between the professional development meetings. There will be ample opportunity for the teachers to engage in discussions regarding this professional development and to share their own reflections.