June 3, 2019

Collaboration takes UW-Superior professor to Superior High School

Recently, Shevaun Stocker, professor in the psychology program at UW-Superior, led a group of 70 Superior High School seniors in activities related to social emotional learning, or the set of behaviors and mindset that we take on that help improve our well-being by building emotional capacity and social awareness.

Recently, Shevaun Stocker, professor in the psychology program at UW-Superior, led a group of 70 Superior High School seniors in activities related to social emotional learning, or the set of behaviors and mindset that we take on that help improve our well-being by building emotional capacity and social awareness.

Shevaun Stocker worked with 70 seniors on dimensions of social emotional learning

As the end of the school year approaches at Superior High School, the students in Keith Johnson’s advanced placement psychology classes were visited by Shevaun Stocker, professor in the psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Recently, Stocker led the group of 70 seniors in activities related to social emotional learning, or the set of behaviors and mindset that we take on that help improve our well-being by building emotional capacity and social awareness, according to Stocker.

Johnson said the seniors would “benefit from hearing about the importance of well-being once they move on to their next stages in life.”

Stocker led students through activities to develop the five dimensions of social emotional learning. First, she asked them to find “silver linings” in unexpected and challenging stressors. Students analyzed not only what is stressful in a given situation, but what benefit or gain might come from it, such as building new skills or giving a person a sense of pride in accomplishments.

In another activity, students reviewed a photo on their phone of something meaningful to them, which already provides a boost to well-being. The more powerful second step asked students write to themselves or share with a peer why the photo is meaningful. According to Stocker, “This provides a deeper level of thinking and brain activation that amplifies the benefit of the meaningful thing in the photo.”

The five dimensions of Social-Emotional Learning are articulated by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills.

With this knowledge, students had the chance to ask questions about further research into social emotional learning through readings, videos, and podcasts, as well as higher education and careers in psychology and psychiatry.

Stocker encouraged the students to consider broad learning opportunities as a baseline for any career: “you can major in history and still go to medical school – maybe just also include biology or psychology in your learning.”

Recently, Shevaun Stocker, professor in the psychology program at UW-Superior, led a group of 70 Superior High School seniors in activities related to social emotional learning, or the set of behaviors and mindset that we take on that help improve our well-being by building emotional capacity and social awareness.

Recently, Shevaun Stocker, professor in the psychology program at UW-Superior, led a group of 70 Superior High School seniors in activities related to social emotional learning, or the set of behaviors and mindset that we take on that help improve our well-being by building emotional capacity and social awareness.

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