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by Claire Leitney (2017-05-10)

Thank you for focusing on this. I've been serving as an elementary school substitute for several years as well as been researching into the issue for Since my job doesn't depend on students' test scores, I feel free to stop a class to call a meeting when I hear muttered insults and the like. Yes, instructional time is lost when children sit in a circle and practice saying kind words out loud to each other and discuss what it means to be a friend and to work together. But academics taught following this "lost" meeting time tend to be more productive for students. At first I was scared to address social/emotional issues, since they are most definitely not in the lesson plans. But surprisingly, I seldom have a day without an assignment. I think most teachers and administrators would just love to spend more time doing this, if the entire field weren't constantly under siege.

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