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

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.

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.