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Guest blog by: Michelle Howell, Librarian/Media Specialist for Union Elementary STEAM and Demonstration School in Gallatin, TN As a librarian, I encounter every learner in my school on a weekly basis. I keep my lessons fun and the atmosphere in the library is...
We all know the language of teachers possesses the power to inspire or injure, to heal or humiliate. Language sets the academic and emotional climate of the room. The greater awareness of the relationship between the language of the teacher and positive learning...
As parents and teachers, we try to encourage kids to take creative risks and understand that mistakes are a good thing! I even came up with a name for our mistakes in my classroom. We called them “growth spurts,” because we grow from them. I announce to my students on...
Physical education is much more than developing students to be physically fit and healthy, across multiple domains. Our job is to teach students to have confidence in a wide variety of skill sets. But gaining confidence in a physical skill doesn't come easily to every...
Students need to learn how to have effective and positive relationships, perseverance, and well-being for their own success. Students need motivation, effective decision-making, and self-management.
How does changing our perception from a deficit mindset (glass half-empty) to an asset-based mindset (glass can be refilled) improve how we perceive our students and how they perceive themselves?
This week’s SEL discussion resource and class activities guide is on gratitude and how it affects mindset. Each suggestion ties to one of the five core competencies of social-emotional learning.
This week’s free SEL discussion resource focuses on growing a positive sense of self-confidence and collaborating with others for success.
This week’s free SEL discussion resource focuses on enjoying every moment in life, but also on looking at how the darker moments help us appreciate the beautiful ones. Each concept ties to one of the five core competencies of social-emotional learning.
The activities and discussion questions in this free classroom resource focus on how external events don’t have to determine our happiness. The discussion is a way to apply the affirmation to each of the five core competencies of social and emotional learning as students learn how to choose to be happy.
This week’s free classroom discussion resource is about believing in our dreams and overcoming barriers to progress and limiting beliefs. Each concept ties to one of the five core competencies of social-emotional learning and the affirmation: I believe in my dreams.
This week, our social-emotional learning discussion focuses on having a growth mindset about challenges. Students discuss how they feel about challenges and how failure and mistakes are good. The concepts center around the affirmation: I love challenges.
This week, we tie in physical and emotional health with SEL skills. Students discuss how they can make choices that help them to become strong and healthy while becoming aware of what is within their control to change.
One of the most important SEL skills is active listening. In these exercises, students consider how they can be a great listener and practice their social and emotional learning skills.
What does it mean to be the best? How does a personal best become a win? This week’s SEL class discussion prompts provide opportunities to consider how being their best helps students to win at life and achieve positive outcomes.