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.

January 3, 2019

Three simple steps to help us calm our brains — and our classrooms.

December 9, 2018

The holidays can be a stressful time. Here are some simple steps to help us and our students handle heightened emotions - now or any time. 

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.

June 25, 2018

A restorative conversation can turn a student’s problematic behavior into a teachable moment.

June 5, 2018

In communicating with students, focus on the behavior you want to see and encourage, not the off-task or disruptive behavior you want to stop.

May 2, 2018

We can help our students (and ourselves) calm down, focus, and respond constructively to stress by practicing deep, focused breathing.

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.

December 18, 2017

We all have self-talk. Fortunately, we, and our students, can learn to shape what that self-talk is.

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. 
 

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.