SEL Song Lyrics

Tweet What better way to teach students about Social Emotional Learning than through the ARTS?  A colleague of mine said it best: “Art IS SEL!” And if music is an expression of humanity, then music is a way we can learn about our abilities to love and be loved, to heal a broken heart, to […]

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Sharing Friendly Fridays – Making Origami Lotus Flowers

Tweet For the last two months, my class has been doing something special each Friday: Friendly Fridays.  These are small activities that build on Social Relationships between classmates.  In the past they have made notes and pictures for each other and practiced writing and saying compliments as well.  Let’s face it, kids need this practice! […]

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Friendly Friday Notes – SEL Activity for your Students

Tweet Kindness is always a great topic to discuss with your students. Practicing kindness is very important as well and giving them structured opportunities to do so can be easy. Here’s on great idea that I started on a whim last week for “Friendly Friday” and it was a big hit! Give each student a […]

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The Arts and Trauma

Tweet Trauma and the Classroom The adjustment counselor at my school introduced me to the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, today’s leading expert on trauma treatment.  It seems that we are discussing things like trauma and social-emotional learning a lot in education and so she forwarded our staff a link to watch an […]

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