Post added 12.28.2021

The Three R’s

by Dr. Brenda L Arteaga, Special Populations Director 

Here is a summary of what is covered in this webinar:

  • Recoup learning lost by utilizing SEL in our classrooms
  • Three R’s – Relationships, reinforcement, reiteration
  • Triangulation – how is one interdependent on the other that is interdependent on the other


  • Basic beginning of SEL starts with self awareness; relationships and how students feel in the classroom – create optimal conditions for students to feel safe making errors, stretching themselves to experiment to discover new ideas and learn from their errors and from others
  • “When anxiety is reduced, students can show a growth of one year in one year.” – Hattie and Zierer (2017); application to students, self and colleagues
  • State level wants to accelerate - in order to accelerate and address COVID slide, we need to create a safe harbor first
  • Start with relationships – ships in a harbor – think of each ship as a student or those that you are leading. Harbor is calm and safe. These ships were built for storms, not for still water: what do we have to do to help our kids feel safe enough to leave the harbor and go out on the ocean? Science – ocean is experimentation, forming hypothesis, figuring out what is wrong and being okay with that.
  • Creating a Safe Harbor – teacher to student, student to student, teacher to parent (minimize anxiety from all participants); create optimal conditions for students to feel safe; use five areas for development in science and language (reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking)
  • Focus on building positive relationships – crucial factors: general demeanor, posture, gestures and facial expressions, tone of voice, smile, eye contact
  • Shared agreements (chart) – with students, peers and families: what are we going to do in these areas? how can we make it a better place so the covid slide is minimized? CASEL school guide


  • Reinforcement Learning (RL) – machine learning technique: learn in an interactive environment by trial and error using feedback from its own actions and experiences
  • RL methods for classroom – (incorporate reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking, etc): Choice boards (freedom to choose), Mnemonics, Graphic Organizers, Flashcards, Summarizing, Problem Solving, Think Aloud, Collaborative Reasoning (peer-led small group discussions), Repeated reading, Anchoring (from one concept to another) – some higher-level learning, some lower-level learning; build background knowledge for the student
  • Reinforcement ideas for the classroom (chart) – Cognitive, Metacognitive, Affective Learning Skills (anchoring table – connecting known concept to new concept)
  • Essence – keep filling your toolbox; allow students freedom of choice; not all tools work for all problems and/or students; Let students problem solve to find the right tool for the problem


  • Reiteration – fancy word for repeat – be intentional: Key vocabulary (most important, don’t do a one and one), key concepts, effects, peer review of materials, self-grading, reciprocal teaching
  • Triangulation – relationships, reinforce learning, build and rebuild

List of free resources provided with this webinar.