Mishawaka Schools hosted a series of workshops for educators from across Northern Indiana yesterday to discuss best practices to nurture the “Whole Child.”
The whole child refers to the social and emotional well-being of a child that in turn affects a child’s academic performance.
Director of Student Learning and Innovation for Mishawaka Schools, Sarah Hickle says whole means teachers make sure the child is, “healthy, happy, safe, ready to learn.”
She says educators understanding the components of the basics of the “Whole Child” is the first step in helping students become successful in the classroom. Those basics can later be fine tweaked to accommodate for individual student needs.
“Just like students’ abilities and needs vary wildly, it’s the exact same thing for their non-academic needs,” she said.
Hickle says the goal is to help students develop skill sets that will help them be successful throughout their academic careers, especially when dealing with stressful situations like transitions to different schools.