These questions are designed to spark conversation with students to expand growth mindset and social-emotional learning. This week’s topic is about celebrating efforts. The discussion provides opportunities to apply the affirmation to each of the five core competencies of social and emotional learning.



Let’s say the affirmation together. Every day and in every way, I get better and better.

Name some ways someone might get better and better.

Let’s be proud of our work. What did you get better at lately?

What emotions might you feel if someone else is better at something than you are? Describe a healthy way to manage your emotions toward them.


When you make a mistake, what is a positive response that would show you want to get better and better?

How can mistakes help you learn how to do something better?

Responsible decision-making

What choices does someone need to make in order to work on a skill every day?

How might they need to manage their time? Describe what someone might choose not to do to have time to work on something better.

Social awareness

If someone else has worked hard to be more kind, improve their math skills, or be a better listener, how can you encourage their progress?

Sometimes someone else is better at something than you are. We all have different strengths. What is one way you can celebrate when someone else is happy about their accomplishments?

Describe one thing you can do to manage your emotions if you feel jealous of someone else.

 Relationship skills

Describe how you could work on getting better and better at cooperating with others.

If someone gets better and better at being a friend, what types of actions do you think you would see from them?

Next week’s SEL focus: I AM SUCCESSFUL.​

To find the full-size posters to use in your classroom (or the magnet or postcard size) visit our store.

Suggestion for virtual learning:

  • Purchase a pack of 30 postcards for the teacher to hold the appropriate one up to the screen during discussion.
  • Purchase a pack of 30 small hand-off notes for each student to have at home with them. This allows for an interactive and hands-on experience.