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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Find resources to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions—creating the healthiest school culture possible.

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  • Using Backward Design for SEL

    Consider these strategies to foster students’ social and emotional learning and help support their mental health.
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  • Teaching Young Learners Self-Calming Skills

    To help early elementary students manage big emotions, try breathing exercises and sharing how you deal with overpowering feelings.
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    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
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  • How to Introduce Journaling to Young Children

    Students in preschool through second grade can benefit from drawing or writing to explore their thoughts and feelings.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
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  • 8 Brain Breaks to Spark Joy and Help Young Students Concentrate

    Theater games make fun brain breaks that also foster valuable executive function skills.
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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
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  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
    89.9k
  • How Tone of Voice Shapes Your Classroom Culture

    It’s no easy task, but developing your tone of voice can build trust, reduce conflict, and set the stage for more learning in your classroom, research shows.
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  • A dog lying patiently on the floor in a classroom between rows of chairs

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
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  • A group of teenagers doing an icebreaker exercise in which one person is blindfolded and the others are helping him jump across yellow tiles that are scattered across the floor

    10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

    Strategies for ensuring that students in every grade feel like they’re part of the classroom community.
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  • Simple Supports to Decrease Fight-or-Flight Behavior

    When young students are feeling overwhelmed, these strategies can help them find their calm again.
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