Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management
Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a few social and emotional learning tools and we've gathered some of our favorite resources to help educators implement positive discipline strategies, build community, and keep kids engaged.
Collaborative Teaching Form - See how counselor Pam Parvin and teacher Rebecca Heniser work together to teach social and emotional well-being to the third grade. This particular document focuses on how to structure class -- and the topics to discuss -- to improve student self-confidence.
Ideas for Transitions - See a list of student-created transitions used in Heniser's class throughout the day. These transitions keep the kids engaged and focused as they move between classes, and while walking to lunch and recess.
Cleanup Transitions - More activities that Heniser's students created to help keep the classroom focused.
Social and Emotional Learning Websites for Classroom Management
Responsive Classroom - An approach for elementary classroom management that focuses on increasing academic achievement, decreasing problem behaviors, improving social skills, and developing higher-quality instruction.
The Lineage Project - A program using awareness-based practices such as yoga and meditation to teach mindfulness to at-risk and incarcerated teenagers.
Mindful Life - A program using mindfulness to teach kids how to manage emotion, handle stress, and resolve conflict.
A Year at Mission Hill - A ten-part series documenting how a public school is trying to make a connection between social and emotional well-being and intellectual growth.
Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families, from CASEL
This packet includes background information on the role of families in teaching SEL and how families and teachers can work together to promote SEL, as well as parent handouts and interviews with parents.
Thinking Parent, Thinking Child, by Myrna B. Shure Thinking Parent, Thinking Child shows how to apply "I Can Problem Solve" techniques to the top concerns of parents and children from preschoolers through those in their preteen years. Not only will children learn to think about their own and others' feelings, they'll also learn to appreciate that you have feelings, too.
More Edutopia Resources on Social and Emotional Learning:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs recognize that there's more to a child's personal, academic, and adult-life success than pure academics. Self-awareness, self-respect, self-control, and interpersonal skills can go a long way to helping a child become a happy, effective student and citizen (watch the Edutopiaintroductory video on SEL).