91 episodes

This Social Emotional Learning podcast shares practical wisdom from the global community of inspiring teachers and parents.
Featuring fresh perspectives and practices that, until now, were only available at education conferences.
Episodes always include:
• Fresh insights about emotions, critical thinking skills, respect, empathy, trust, and more...
• Research-based and experience-tested analysis.
• Actionable steps that make good sense for you and the kids in your care.
Especially helpful for, but not limited to, ECE (early childhood education).

BIG PICTURE Social Emotional Learning Podcast Nini White

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This Social Emotional Learning podcast shares practical wisdom from the global community of inspiring teachers and parents.
Featuring fresh perspectives and practices that, until now, were only available at education conferences.
Episodes always include:
• Fresh insights about emotions, critical thinking skills, respect, empathy, trust, and more...
• Research-based and experience-tested analysis.
• Actionable steps that make good sense for you and the kids in your care.
Especially helpful for, but not limited to, ECE (early childhood education).

    Ep. 90 - The Moving Target of "Normal," with Prof. Sugata Mitra

    Ep. 90 - The Moving Target of "Normal," with Prof. Sugata Mitra

    We hear a lot about ‘returning to normal’ these days, especially in response to Covid. To me, the term ‘normal' has become a marginally meaningless cliché, so I was intensely intrigued when I came across a blog post by Sugata Mitra in which he comments on a legitimate concept of ‘normal’ for these times… especially in direct relationship to the education of our children and students.

    If you’ve been listening to this, the BIG PICTURE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING podcast for awhile, you appreciate that the name for this podcast is no casual accident… because this podcast is all about providing a ‘big picture/wide angle lens on social emotional learning, and my approach to nurturing kids’ social and emotional development is very much in line with Sugata’s highly regarded work in proving that it’s better to NOT teach learners what they can learn by themselves… based on asking them the right kinds of questions… and asking those questions with an attitude and teacher/student relationship that fires up kids’ natural curiosity, intelligence, creativity, and collaborative problem-solving skills.

    I first became aware of Prof. Sugata Mitra when, many years ago, I watched a TED talk he gave which resulted in him receiving a TED Prize of 1 million dollars for his paradigm-shifting approach to education which works with the natural ability of learners to come together (either in person or virtually) and learn via communication and collaboration. Sugata retired as Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University in 2019. It was an incredible honor to share conversation with him.

    When paradigms shift, there are layers of adjustment required of us to relate in new ways to our world, to the ways in which we’ve always done things, to our relationships with others and with ourselves. The thing about paradigm shifts, that we need to understand, is that no matter how much we resist them, no matter how long we resist them, they’re not really optional… Throughout history waves of paradigm shifts have proven themselves to be manifestations of cumulative currents and rising tides powered by Life itself.

    Change is hard for some people, but resistance to what is inevitable, from what I’ve observed, makes for an even rougher ride.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts, and so would Prof. Mitra, so please shoot us an email, or make a comment on the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning Podcast Facebook page.  

    Thank you for being here, and thank you for all that you do for our kids and for the world they’re growing into.


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    • 58 min
    Ep. 89 - Lessons from Covid for SEL Success, with Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard

    Ep. 89 - Lessons from Covid for SEL Success, with Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard

    There is so much we white educators need to understand that we do not currently understand or even see. But we can can see and understand more, so that we succeed more meaningfully with our students of color. Of course that involves becoming aware of our blindspots.

    Rachelle and I also talked about many teachers’ sense that we need full time control in our learning environments… but do we really?  COVID and distance learning taught us a LOT about that.

    In this rich and rewarding conversation, Rachelle shares valuable A-HA’s resulting from the combined experience of lockdown and remote learning…

    A-HA’s that have the potential to shift us into a whole new look at what, as educators, we do and how we do it…. AND how it all very much relates to the Social Emotional Learning that happens in our learning environments every minute of every day.

    https://www.rachellerogersard.com


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    Ep. 88 - CRYING - Interesting explanations from science

    Ep. 88 - CRYING - Interesting explanations from science

    scientists have been studying crying, and they’ve divided the tears that come from crying into three distinct categories: reflex tears, continuous tears, and emotional tears. The first of those two categories - reflex tears - perform the important function of removing irritants, such as smoke and dust from our eyes. The 2nd of those 2 categories, continuous tears, serve to lubricate our eyes, which protects them from infection and from that awful dry eye feeling. The content of those 2 categories of tears is basically water, mixed in with some salt, of course.
    What’s extremely interesting, though, is the 3rd category of tears: Emotional tears are a whole other ‘animal,’… and they are far more important for long term mental health than I had ever before understood .…It has been objectively observed, by SCIENCE, that emotional tears flush stress hormones and other toxins out of our physical system.
    Science has identified *oxytocin and *endorphins as actual ingredients in emotional tears. The makeup of emotional tears is water and salt, yes, with the added ingredients of oxytocin and naturally-occurring opioids, otherwise known as endorphins.
    If you have children of your own and you breastfed them, then you may have been told about Oxytocin… Perhaps you even experienced its effects… that gentling surge of peace and well being, no matter how stressed you may have felt just minutes before your baby started to nurse. I remember that feeling to this day… I was always impressed how my body sent out hormones to regulate the mood and feelings I’d be emanating while my sons and I were connecting like that. Nature is so profoundly intelligent, eh?!
    Do me a favor, too, please… give a rating and review for this podcast on Apple podcasts, and like the Facebook page for the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning Podcast. Thanks. It means a lot to know that you appreciate what I’ve been sharing with you here. ’til next time… stay safe and be well.
    https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-crying
    https://www.medicinenet.com/are_there_any_benefits_to_crying/article.htm
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-freedom/201007/the-health-benefits-tears
    Harvard Health Blog: “Is Crying Good For You?”

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    Ep. 87 - Neuro-Nurturing with Deborah McNelis

    Ep. 87 - Neuro-Nurturing with Deborah McNelis

    Deborah McNelis is one of my favorite kinds of educators and people, because Deborah is in it for the love of it. She has her Masters degree in Education, she’s an author, speaker and, most helpful for you, dear listener… Deborah has created the Neuro-Nurturing Interaction Packets for the specific purposes of supporting children in feeling seen, accepted, worthy of love and respect.

    You will enjoy gaining new levels of learning and insights about brain development and how we, as parents and educators, can nurture children’s growth for the healthy manifestation of each ones unique potential.  Because Deborah and I just skimmed the surface of what she’s able to help all of us do, in very practical and actionable terms, for today’s youth, you really do want to check out Deborah’s website to learn more: https://www.braininsightsonline.com

    And please know how very much I'll appreciate it if you'll take the time to leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts ~ (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/big-picture-social-emotional-learning-podcast/id1397042569).     Thanks!     

    Also:  stay connected by liking the Facebook page for this podcast:  https://www.facebook.com/BigPictureSocialEmotionaLifeskillsPodcast




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    • 55 min
    Ep. 86 - Critical Thinking Skills & SEL

    Ep. 86 - Critical Thinking Skills & SEL

    If you’d like to receive an electronic copy of the resource I’ve been sharing with you on this episode, just drop a line to me. My email address is ask@kidsownwisdom.com. That’s where you can share your thoughts, make requests for future topics on this podcast… anything. I love to connect with listeners. Thanks for being here… and I hope to hear from you soon.


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    Ep. 85 - Fatherhood Wisely Considered, with Jordan Shapiro, PhD

    Ep. 85 - Fatherhood Wisely Considered, with Jordan Shapiro, PhD

    Today’s guest is Jordan Shapiro, PhD, who is kind of a ‘big deal,’ since he’s globally respected as an American thought leader. (I’ve included a link to his website in this show’s notes so you can learn about his wide-ranging accomplishments.) Jordan’s internationally respected perspective combines research in psychology, philosophy, and economics in ways that make so much sense, when he explains them.

    In this episode, Jordan and I discuss his most recent book, Father Figure: How to be a Feminist Dad.  And…if that book title doesn’t ring your bells, I’m with you, BUT, please, stick with me now… because the book is an honest, vulnerable, highly readable, heart and mind-expanding look at dad-psychology—challenging our old, familiar assumptions about traditional parenting roles…. For everyone’s benefit… more than you might imagine. Jordan, a father and step father himself, shares attitudes, insights and mindsets for successfully growing in the REAL joys of fathering while guiding today’s men toward an enriched perspective on manliness for today’s world… and a healthier future for all.

    Jordan’s book isn’t yet available, but it will go on sale May 11th. There’s a link in the show’s notes to be notified by his publisher when you can get your copy… hardcover, ebook, or downloadable audiobook.

    Jordan's website, with link to pre-order his book:  https://www.jordanshapiro.org

    More praise, besides my own, for Jordan's book:

    “This pandemic has revealed a crisis in American caregiving. I hope Shapiro's fearless book kickstarts a woke dad revolution, because Goddess knows we need one.”—Anya Kamenetz, NPR correspondent and author of The Art of Screen Time

    "Father Figure is exactly the book that our family needed, and we imagine yours does too. Shapiro questions what the traditional ‘dad’ offers a modern household. He reminds us that feminism liberates everyone, not just women. And he offers supportive and profound suggestions for fathers. You can be a vital member of your family’s journey without being a patriarchal tyrant."—Ben Lee and Ione Skye, musician, actress, partners, parents

    “Holy smokes! This book is a revelation and a revolution. This is required reading for every person who is or will be a caregiver in their lifetime -- which is all of us. Father Figure is a brilliant mix of memoir, manifesto, and action. Shapiro offers us hope for a future where fatherhood is radically reimagined, and this is the road map to get us there.”—Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play

    Connect with me via email:  ask@kidsownwisdom.com

    Connect on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BigPictureSocialEmotionaLifeskillsPodcast


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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Scassy521 ,

For every educator and parent

Nini does an amazing job bringing important conversations about social-emotional skills to light. You will learn something new that can empower you and your child in every episode. Highly recommend.

Tracivee ,

Dear God is this woman racist.

Anti racism IS racism, it’s just flipped on who is being targeted. Shame on you.

NiniWhite45 ,

Uncommon insights that make positive differences

This podcast stretches the definition of SEL and helps me to understand many, many different ways SEL can be enriched in children’s lives, always with practical action steps. I hope this podcast keeps going.

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