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 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.

August 31, 2017

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

June 28, 2017

Instead of jumping ahead to brainstorming solutions, first explore why a problem is occurring.

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 steps.
 

April 18, 2017

Once your students have identified their personal anger triggers, have them share those triggers with each other. This can foster empathy, increase students' awareness of themselves and others, and reduce conflicts.

March 20, 2017

Sometimes students become aware only later, after reflection, that they could have handled a situation in a better way. Lay the groundwork for students to request a "do-over" so they can address a mistake or misunderstanding after the fact.

February 14, 2017

Students are often stumped when it comes to finding a resolution to a conflict beyond saying “I’m sorry.” To get over this hump, encourage students to take two additional steps: Ask creative questions to understand the other person’s needs, and make a written commitment to change.