This article points out how the use of a "talking stick" helped to end the government shutdown. This is just one example of how social-emotional skills are needed not only by students but also by adults in our society. The article goes on to suggest that listening, communication, and sensitivity are core skills that will benefit adults as well as students.Source:
Evie Blad, Education Week, January 23, 2018Summary:
"A group of Senators helped negotiate the compromise that ended a three-day government shutdown using an exercise familiar to many elementary school teachers: To prevent interruptions during a spirited conversation, the elected officials were only allowed to speak when they were holding a "talking stick" that belongs to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine."Read the full article here!