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 10, 2019

For many students, the close of the school year comes with anxiety about the transitions ahead. Try these strategies to help you and your students address those anxieties in a positive way.   

This is Tip 3 of our 3-part end-of-year care package. Also see Tip 1 and Tip 2

June 10, 2019

During the last few weeks of school, we and our students often struggle to stay focused. And yet there is still work to be done. Try these steps to keep students engaged (and yourself sane) as summer approaches.

This is Tip 2 of our 3-part end-of-year care package. See Tip 1 and Tip 3

May 22, 2019

Senior trainer Marieke van Woerkom offers a collection of strategies, from bringing plants into the classroom to mindful breathing, to help us and our students cope with the pressures of testing season.  

This is Tip 1 of our 3-part end-of-year care package. See Tip 2 and Tip 3

March 12, 2019

Gratitude can reduce stress and reshape the brain. Here are two steps for practicing it.

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.