Social Emotional Learning

Guiding Principles of SEL in Open Court Reading

You recognize that the students in your classroom are individuals with different life experiences and academic capital that shape their achievements and attitudes toward learning. Every student deserves the very best instruction and research has shown that social and emotional learning is critical to their success. McGraw-Hill has instituted five guiding principles to help students master the core social and emotional competencies that are reflected throughout Open Court Reading.

  1. Create
  2. Integrate
  3. Communicate
  4. Instruct
  5. Empower


Consciously create a nurturing, caring, and safe environment for students.

  • Greet each student by name every day. In grades K–1, have students wear the name necklaces they made in class so you can quickly learn their names.
  • Collaboratively develop classroom rules and expectations with students during the Getting Started portion of Open Court Reading (OCR). Post these in the classroom for all students to see.
  • Reward positive behaviors such as demonstrating respect with extra reading time or time on the computer with eGames or eActivities.
  • As kindergartners and first graders become familiar with OCR management routines such as Coming to Circle, have them practice relationship skills by treating each other with respect and helping each other. In kindergarten, students sing songs such as "Hello," "We're So Glad You're Here," and "Where is Charlotte?" to include everyone.

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