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January 2022

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Social Emotional Learning Everyday in Every Classroom

Below are examples and ideas to embed Social Emotional Learning and skills across disciplines -


ELA, Science and Social Studies:


Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:


Choose a historical figure, group of people, or character from a story and ask the following:

  • How did _____ meet his/her/its/their Basic Needs?

  • How did _____ meet his/her/its/their Belonging Needs?

  • How did _____ meet his/her/its/their Self-esteem Needs?


Follow up to these questions:

Are any of the ways (see above) met his/her/its/their (Basic Needs, Belonging Needs, Self-Esteem Needs) something you could replicate in your daily life? If so, how? When?



Mindfulness:


Choose a historical figure, group of people, or character from a story and ask the following:

  • When is a time that ______ used Mindfulness?

  • What was the effect/benefit of _______ using Mindfulness?


Follow up to these questions:


Are any of the ways/times (see above) used Mindfulness something you could also do? If so, when?



CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:


Choose a historical figure, group of people, or character from a story and ask the following:

  • When is a time that ______ used the CBT Model?

  • What was the effect/benefit of _______ using the CBT Model?


Follow up to these questions:


Are any of the ways/times (see above)) used the CBT Model something you could also do? If so, when?



Additional ELA:


Read Alouds


Helping students resolve conflicts teaches them skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Choose a book or article to read as a class. As you read the story to your students, ask them the following questions:

  • What is this story’s main conflict?

  • How are the characters feeling? How do we know?

  • What do the main characters want to happen?

  • How can the characters work together to make everyone happy or accomplish their goal?


Then, turn the discussion to recent conflicts students have had in their lives. Have your children share about times when, like the story’s characters, they felt conflict with another person. Ask them how they worked with that person to make the situation better, as well as any advice they have to share with the class.


The article, Student Talk Supports Social-Emotional Learning, provides an example of how you can incorporate SEL conversations using books and read alouds as a resource.


Looking for texts to use in the classroom to embed SEL? Our Inclusive Text Sets offer various read alouds grouped by the 5 CASEL Competencies and are available for check out:

Math:

The following math examples are categorized using the CASEL SEL Framework and Competencies.


Self Awareness:

1C: Demonstrate an awareness of external supports. (If I am Stuck & Ask 3 Before Me)


Relationship Skills:

4A: Use positive communication and social skills to interact effectively with others. (Math Talk Conversation Starters)

Trails Tips

Extend the benefit of TRAILS mindfulness techniques by building in Mindful Moments. Practicing mindfulness regularly will help students and staff increase awareness of their thought patterns, and naturally promote calmer states. Adding a feelings check-in to your mindful time will also increase the ability to notice the physical sensations that are associated with a variety of feelings, an important step in being able to identify and respond appropriately to our feelings.


Transition times are a great time to build in mindfulness techniques. As you practice mindfulness as a class and become familiar with mindfulness activities, you can also implement mindfulness techniques as a response to high energy levels within the classroom, in preparation for test taking, or during classroom conflicts.


Remember to practice a variety of mindfulness techniques that engage students and staff in different ways. See this TRAILS Worksheet for a few great examples. If looking for something more tangible, Lazy 8 breathing and the Mindful Finger Maze are great tools!


Below are some examples of items seen in classrooms that support check-ins with students:

County-Wide Professional Learning

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