When I was in college one of our textbooks was Teaching Children To Care, by Ruth Sydney Charney. It was a pivotal book that led to many schools, including the one I worked at, to acquire staff training in the Responsive Classroom Method. Responsive Classroom addressed classroom management, community building, and social emotional education. The pieces were all there:
- Create a safe, nurturing classroom environment
- teach skills explicitly.
- Provide time to practice- particularly using role play.