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SEL-Social, Emotional, Learning in Schools
SEL- and Challenging Behavior
Many young and old students struggle with school's social aspects. This may mean:
- Interacting with other students, teachers, and other staff members
- Understanding non-verbal interactions and social cues
- Managing their emotions and expressing them appropriately
- Controlling their behavior
While these are not strictly academic concerns, they affect students' ability to access their education. It is challenging to learn when you are concerned about your social world or even worse when you are asked to leave the class for not understanding or reacting poorly to instructions or demands.
In this month's newsletter, I would like to focus on some SEL strategies and lesson plans you can incorporate into your classroom. See below for five evidence-based fun-filled games!
A Little Spot of Emotions - I LOVE THIS CURRICULUM
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**CPI TRAININGS AND VERBAL DE-ESCALATION **BE SURE TO SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT PD SOON, SLOTS ARE FILLING UP FAST**
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Key Concepts - De-Escalation Tips
At work or home, you may be faced with angry, hostile, or non-compliant behavior. Your response to defensive behavior is critical to avoiding a physical confrontation with someone who has lost control of their behavior. These 10 De-Escalation Tips can help you respond to challenging behavior in the safest, most effective way possible.
TIP 1: Be empathic and nonjudgmental. When someone says or does something you perceive as weird or irrational, try not to judge or discount their feelings. Whether or not you think those feelings are justified, they’re fundamental to the other person. Please pay attention to them.
TIP 2 Respect personal space. If possible, stand .5 to 1 meter away from a person who’s escalating. Allowing personal space tends to decrease a person’s anxiety and can help you prevent acting-out behavior.
TIP 3: Use non-threatening nonverbals. The more a person loses control, the less they hear your words—and the more they react to your nonverbal communication. Be mindful of your gestures, facial expressions, movements, and tone of voice.
TIP 4 Avoid overreacting. Remain calm, rational, and professional. While you can’t control the person’s behavior, how you respond to their behavior will directly affect whether the situation escalates or defuses.
TIP 5 Focus on feelings. Facts are essential, but how a person feels is the heart of the matter. Yet some people have trouble identifying their feelings about what’s happening to them.
TIP 6 Ignore challenging questions. Answering tough questions often results in a power struggle. When a person challenges your authority, redirect their attention to the issue.
TIP 7 Set limits. If a person’s behavior is belligerent, defensive, or disruptive, give them clear, simple, and enforceable limits. Offer concise and respectful choices and consequences.
TIP 8 Choose wisely what you insist upon. It’s essential to be thoughtful in deciding which rules are negotiable and which are not. For example, if a person doesn’t want to do math in the morning, can you allow them to choose the time of day that feels better for them?
TIP 9: Allow silence for reflection. We’ve all experienced awkward silences. While it may seem counterintuitive to let moments of silence occur, sometimes it’s the best choice. It can allow a person to reflect on what’s happening and how they need to proceed.
TIP 10: Allow time for decisions. When a person is upset, they may be unable to think clearly. Give them a few moments to think through what you’ve said.
What is Growth Mindset and why is it a focus in our schools?
A growth mindset is the foundation of every learning environment. Students who possess a growth mindset are proven to be happier and achieve more in life. They are more willing to take on new challenges, have a passion for learning, and view failure as an opportunity for learning and growth. A growth mindset is essential to becoming a successful lifelong learner, and it is something anyone can develop with practice.
DON'T PUT PEOPLE IN BOXES IS A GREAT WAY TO CREATE A FUN SEL IN YOUR CLASS THAT ENCOURAGES GROWTH MINDSET
What is the difference between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset?
- I like my work to be easy.
- I don’t like to try a challenge.
- I want people to praise me for how clever I am.
- I believe I cannot change how clever I am.
- I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it.
- I give up easily.
- I never give up.
- I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning.
- I love challenges.
- I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work.
- I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard.
- I feel clever when I’m learning something new.
- I learn from my mistakes.