The first element of Seamless Fit is incorporation of real life issues into k-12 classes consistent with instructional objectives and state and national learning standards to which teachers, administrators and counselors are held accountable. There are many ways that life issues can fit these objectives and standards in classes across the curriculum. For example students can:
  • Study the physiology of drugs or of HIV/AIDS in high school and middle school science classes,
  • Learn about the destructive impact of bullying, social ostracism and substance abuse in middle and high school social science classes,
  • Compute, analyze, or graph survey data on bullying and substance abuse in middle and high school math courses, and
  • Read and write about how to make friends or cope with anger in elementary school language arts classes.
Social/emotional learning standards can also be met. Through real life issues curriculum students can:
  • Become aware of and manage their emotions,
  • Set and achieve personal and academic goals,
  • Use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and
  • Demonstrate decision making and responsible behaviors to achieve school and life success.
Addressing real life issues in the process of meeting state and national standards is a creative venture that makes learning relevant for students.

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