The first weeks... setting up a SEL classroom
The new year is fast approaching! I thought we could share effective ways we start the year (curriculum, rules, activities, routines). How do you set up a SEL classroom? What rules and procedures/expectations/routines do you start setting up? I'm a high school social studies teacher in an urban school (and pretty new at it), so I'm also wondering what engages and inspires older students.
Here are the rules I'm thinking of (they're NOT finalized). I want no more than 3-4. I want to start with rules that set students up to collaborate, communicate, create, and reflect. And then spend time doing activities and projects that help us define what they look like/sound like/feel like.
I welcome your critique and wisdom.
- Think from different perspectives
- Speak your mind and listen to others
- Do the right thing even when no one is looking
- Communicate constructively
- Take risks
This discussion can become a resource for SEL classroom structure...