57 episodes

The Big Picture Social Emotional Learning (SEL) podcast brings into focus the full range of topics that, in very practical terms, relate to students' SEL. Featuring brief, uniquely valuable educator interviews that prioritize practical tools, strategies, research and inspiration for supporting educators (and parents, too) in their efforts to consistently create ever-fresh and meaningful learning environments.

BIG PICTURE Social Emotional Learning Podcast Nini White

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The Big Picture Social Emotional Learning (SEL) podcast brings into focus the full range of topics that, in very practical terms, relate to students' SEL. Featuring brief, uniquely valuable educator interviews that prioritize practical tools, strategies, research and inspiration for supporting educators (and parents, too) in their efforts to consistently create ever-fresh and meaningful learning environments.

    Ep. 56 - New Babies & Older Siblings with Deborah Stewart

    Ep. 56 - New Babies & Older Siblings with Deborah Stewart

    Recently two dear friends of mine gave birth to their second child, and their first children, who had been the center of their parents’ attention, were having a time with adjusting to their new life with a new family member … one who required a LOT of attention and energy.

    Why is this topic on the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning Podcast? Because, and I’m sure you know this, social emotional learning and development needs to start wa-a-a-a-y before school age.  Looking at things from others’ perspective, exercising patience and consideration, being true to feelings without negatively impacting others … all those life lessons, and much more, need to be exercised very early in life, in age-appropriate ways … as soon as relevant situations arise that require more BIG PICTURE and INCLUSIVE responses that feel right and make sense to the older sibling.

    My return guest is Deborah Stewart, a highly respected and well-loved preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher AND a grandmother. Listen as Deborah shares her experiences and wisdom with generosity.

    Want to learn more from Deborah? Check out her website: TeachPreschool.ORG And, if you haven’t already, please LIKE the Facebook page for this, the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning Podcast. We’re starting to build a community of like-minded early childhood educators there… and one of my top priorities for this year is to strengthen our community around the values that motivate us to keep growing our selves, our knowledge and our skills for the ever-increasing benefit of our students.


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    • 28 min
    Ep. 55 - Young Boys Need Men with FRANCIS WARDLE, author of "Oh Boy! Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood"

    Ep. 55 - Young Boys Need Men with FRANCIS WARDLE, author of "Oh Boy! Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood"

    In this our second conversation about his book, Francis deepens our understanding about How & Why the specific needs of young boys in early childhood environments must be appreciated and appropriately addressed. Francis also provides practical advice for bringing men into young boys’ learning environments in ways that fulfill everyone’s “goodness-of-fit” requirements.

    Francis does not in any way disparage the current quality of most early childhood learning environments, with their emphasis on nurturing and the gentler side of raising kids. He is simply expanding our awareness, helping us to move past some of the unconscious biases most of us are probably carrying into those environments and into our work with young boys. His voice is strong and clear … and in this episode, Francis shines a bright light on the many ways that men can be much more meaningfully included in young boys’ social, emotional and lifeskills development.

    Just as with our first conversation, Francis invites you to ask him any questions you’d like… I promise: his interest in your questions, concerns and challenges could not be more sincere … Just head over to the BIG PICTURE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PODCAST Facebook page, LIKE it and post your question… or send an email to me at ASK@KIDSOWNWISDOM.COM

    Again, the title of Francis’ book is: OH BOY! Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood…you can find it at https://www.childcareexchange.com/catalog/


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    • 25 min
    Ep. 54 - Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood with FRANCIS WARDLE

    Ep. 54 - Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood with FRANCIS WARDLE

    As a mother of two sons, the conversation you’re about to listen to is extremely personal for me. If you have sons or work with boys, I hope you’ll find it valuable, and I’d also like to encourage you to read the book upon which we’ll be basing our discussion. The title of the book, OH BOY!, was written by my guest, Francis Wardle, formerly a Head Start Director, a Head Start education manager, an elementary school teacher, an administrator of a national child care company, as well as a dedicated family man with 4 kids and 4 grandkids of his own… Francis wrote the book because he saw a HUGE gap of appreciation and respect for the differences between boys’ and girls’ early developmental needs.

    Francis and I are planning to share more conversations on this podcast, so please accept this very sincere invitation to submit any questions you’d like Francis to address … including any specific challenges. Francis would love to hear from you.

    Feel free to send your questions or comments to: ask@kidsownwisdom.com  OR, even better: just go to FACEBOOK and like the page for this, the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning Podcast Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/BigPictureSocialEmotionaLifeskillsPodcast/




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    • 26 min
    Ep. 53 - Improve Kids' Thinking Skills to Improve Their SEL

    Ep. 53 - Improve Kids' Thinking Skills to Improve Their SEL

    Thinking is an on-going, non-stop process for all of us, starting from our earliest ages. 

    As educators, one of our major responsibilities is to awaken students’ awareness about how to expand their thinking processes to achieve more and more constructive outcomes … meta-cognition is an essential key.

    Please subscribe to this podcast, and LIKE our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BigPictureSocialEmotionaLifeskillsPodcast


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    Ep. 52 - "Graceful Receiving"

    Ep. 52 - "Graceful Receiving"

    Pretty much all of us appreciate that Mr. Rogers related to young children in ways that were truly, genuinely, unquestionably meaningful to kids.

    Children’s innate radar for what is True, what is Real was never a stumbling block for Mr. Rogers… because connecting with children, with their hearts, with their spirits was as natural to him as breathing … because, truly, he “saw” each child he met, saw how to BE with each child… how to BE with them so they felt the truth of their own unique significance, of their own unique mattering …

    Mr. Rogers was profoundly, uncommonly respectful of young children… and one of those ways was in what he calls ‘graceful receiving.’

    Because this is November, the time of year, in the U.S., when we celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m hoping that you’ll appreciate these words from the good and pure heart of Fred Rogers about the gentle art of graceful receiving …

    With his living example, he shares some of the highest wisdom we need to live as an example for our students’ social emotional learning … because, in alignment with the Golden Rule, who of us would not like to be received the way he intended to receive all people… whatever their age?

    And…. who among us doesn’t know what a challenge it is to truly receive others for exactly who they are? I’ve worked on that challenge all of my adult life … and I’m fully aware of what a major challenge it is, but when I manage to catch myself in judgment mode, and I manage to open up and just BE with a child, or a relative, or a peer WITHOUT judgement, with simple and graceful receiving … the way that shift in my mindset affects others, is hugely rewarding… yet, in all honesty… I am the one who is the greatest beneficiary… because I am the one who has freed up my mind and limiting pre-conceptions to really hear, to really see the children and others in my world.

    Of course, really receiving people… receiving them for who they are… exactly as they are … is not something we DO, so much as something we DON’T DO… something we step aside and let BE, and it’s not so much an emotional response, as it is a choice we make. We can choose to “receive” each child, each other… or we can choose to not receive each child, each other —to take each other for granted… or to NOT take each other for granted.”

    And, I hope you won’t think of this episode as a lecture… but much more as a reminder… because with life as intense as it is, with ALL of our energy required to deal with ALL that we’re dealing with… we ALL need reminders… me, most definitely.

    A reminder, too, about an unfortunate distortion of graceful receiving: false enthusiasm, or forced expressions of positivity and appreciation.  Mistakes in the right direction, perhaps, but definitely mistakes, because kids know what’s real from what’s not real, even if they don’t consciously know that they know… THEY KNOW.

    And the most respectful way  we can treat children is to acknowledge the fact of their innocent intelligence and their natural born wisdom by being fully present with them… so that their innate intelligence and wisdom can gain a stronghold and flourish throughout their lives


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    • 7 min
    EP. 51 - Personal Responsibility with JORDAN HARRISON

    EP. 51 - Personal Responsibility with JORDAN HARRISON

    Jordan’s perspective is profoundly respectful of the kids he works with, (even, and perhaps especially, the so-called ‘troublemakers’). The foundational philosophy of Jordan’s approach is that kids, all kids, have everything they need to succeed… within themselves… and he’s just there to help them bring it out from within themselves… which is why our conversation eventually came around to the most powerful motivating engine of all: personal responsibility… which, I hope you’ll agree, is an essential component of social, emotional and lifeskills development.

    Jordan earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing with a minor in social and personality psychology from San Diego State University, where he was recognized as a top student leader, and, at graduation, he received 24 job offers from the corporate world (companies like Amazon, Salesforce, 3M, HP and others wanted to hire him).  Jordan acknowledges that the money would have been great, but it just wasn’t a motivator for him … so he went on to earn his Master's in Education at Harvard University ('18) as an Urban Scholar Fellow focusing on Prevention Science and Practice and positive youth development where he focused on learning highly effective ways to help students work through trauma, societal challenges, as well as gaining insight into the wide reaching benefits of social-emotional learning.

    If you’d like to learn more about Jordan and his impactful work, check out his website : jordanjharrison.com because I actually could have spent another 10 minutes, at least, during the introduction to this episode, highlighting his many admirable achievements …

    … on another note …

    During the conversation Jordan and I just shared, I briefly referenced Dr. Ross Greene, who has very effectively observed and responded to the fact that, “Kids do well if they can,” which clearly is a philosophy totally in line with Jordan’s efforts at developing kids’ personal responsibility. Dr. Ross Greene is definitely worth a Google search.


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