The implementation of Social and Emotional Learning is multi-faceted, but straightforward with the right knowledge and tools. Click on the links below to download any resources you think might be useful, and save the url for this page so that you can keep coming back to it to check for new resources.
EXPLICIT SEL SKILLS INSTRUCTION
Teachers should aim to include at least one free standing lesson per week aimed at developing social and emotional competencies. They can write their own lessons or choose from one of many SEL programs available. My choice is the Bounce Back! Wellbeing and Resilience Program for K-6.
Bounce Back! SEL Program Website
KidsMatter SEL Programs Guide Website
Casel SEL Programs Guide Website
TEACHER INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
Teachers already use a number of teaching practices that are conducive to SEL such as project based learning, cooperative learning and questioning. These can be paired with classroom routines that allow students to practise the skills they've learned such as mindfulness, strengths tracking or gratitude.
HITS and HOTS Teaching Strategies Website
Edutopia: Project Based Learning Website
Classroom Display (posters):
INTEGRATION WITH ACADEMIC CURRICULUM AREAS
Given that no teacher feels that they have enough time to add new things to their day, it's unreasonable to expect more than one lesson of explicit SEL teaching. That's why it's important that we integrate the concepts into other subject areas, for example, perspective taking in History or communication skills in English lessons.
The Aspen Institute Classroom Case Study (PDF DOWNLOAD)
ORGANISATIONAL, CULTURE AND CLIMATE STRATEGIES
Ideally, schools will implement strategies that promote SEL as a school wide initiative that extends from the classroom, to the staffroom, to the homes of students and wider community.
School Programs Audit Tool (use to work out what will work for your staff)