SEL Tips

Tips to help you use social & emotional learning strategies to build skills and strengthen your classroom community every day. Sign up for our newsletter to get new tips as we create them.

June 25, 2018
As educators, we know that asking questions and guiding students through their own learning process is ultimately more beneficial than pointing out mistakes and lowering students’ grades accordingly…
June 5, 2018
To be happy and effective in the world, we need ways to express what we want and need, set limits respectfully, and stand up for ourselves and others.  Assertiveness allows us to do all this. There…
May 2, 2018
Students have many reasons to be distracted. Maybe they’ve just come from differently structured activities like phys ed, music, or lunch, and are finding it hard to refocus.  A hallway between…
January 4, 2018
Empathy isn’t just a quality – it’s a skill that can be learned. Here’s an activity to help students practice their empathy skills.   Empathy is a popular word these days. Politicians, talk show…
December 18, 2017
We all have self-talk. Fortunately, we, and our students, can learn to shape what that self-talk is.   As we go about our daily lives we are constantly interpreting the situations in which we find…
November 13, 2017
An “I Need Message” is a short and sweet way for students to be assertive and get their needs met, even with people they don’t know well.    The “I Message” is a staple of social and emotional…
October 12, 2017
Taking a deep breath isn’t just for difficult moments. This simple soothing strategy can help us and our students any time we need it.   Our 4Rs curriculum includes a popular activity called Stop-…
August 31, 2017
Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?" The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to start building a positive classroom climate. One…
June 28, 2017
Instead of jumping ahead to brainstorming solutions, first explore why a problem is occurring. An important part of social and emotional learning is encouraging students to solve their own problems…
May 9, 2017
Encouraging students to use put-ups can improve the climate in your classroom. But many put-ups are about surface qualities. (I like your shoes!) Help students craft deeper put-ups with these simple…