Activities to Start the Year

August 28, 2019

This school year opens at a time of fear and trauma for immigrant children across the United States. Here are eight ways educators can protect students from harm and ease their distress.

August 13, 2019

Segue from the summer into the new school year by having students consider the summer's news, its impact on their communities, and what kind of impact they'd like to have in their communities.

August 8, 2019

In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, how can we foster a classroom climate where every student feels supported - and where we can talk about these upsetting issues? Here are some ideas.

August 13, 2018

The first few days of school are the perfect time to begin taking a restorative approach to discipline in your classroom. Step 1: Be in community with your students.

March 31, 2018

Register for our webinar to learn the basics of conflict resolution from a social and emotional learning standpoint (free & available on demand).

November 30, 2017

Register for this webinar to learn concrete SEL strategies to improve classroom climate (available for free and on demand)!  Included in AFT & Share my Lesson's Top Resources of 2017.

August 31, 2017

Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?"

September 2, 2016

The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to establish a caring community in your classroom.

September 10, 2013

Students think about how to create a kind, caring classroom using an interactive poem and a drawing activity. 

September 9, 2013

An introductory circle invites participants to consider values that are important to them and the group.