The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in the Classroom
What’s the most important piece of a child’s educational experience? You may guess that it is math, reading, or science, but you are overlooking an incredibly important component: A child’s social and emotional intelligence.
This guide offers educators a wealth of resources: articles, email course, children’s book suggestions, video options, as well as classroom units and a program to help strengthen your lessons and approach.
Why Teach and Encourage Social-Emotional Development?
Teaching social skills and emotional literacy in the classroom builds vocabulary and language, as well as skills to handle everyday situations in a healthy way.
It helps children learn to self-manage and handle their emotions, as well as solve conflicts, show respect, and build relationships. Learning and practicing these skills is proven to promote mental health and academic success.
Help children develop a healthy sense of self and positive social-emotional skills in the classroom with the resources in this post.
Social-Emotional Learning Articles
The social-emotional development articles below include many helpful strategies on many important topics that need to be addressed in today’s classrooms. You will find a wealth of information, lesson ideas you can try today, and activities that target so many needs.
Many of the articles below include FREE resources you can print and use in the classroom. Click on any of the images below to visit.
Free Social-Emotional Learning Email Course
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Social-Emotional Learning Resources for Teachers
Ready to give social-emotional development a spot in your classroom schedule? The following resources are full of kid & teacher-friendly lesson plans, discussion topics, posters, and activities to make learning these important skills tons of FUN!
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mind+heart Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
What if you had an easy-to-follow plan to implement SEL? Teaching social-emotional skills doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, it can be enjoyable and rewarding for everyone.
Social-Emotional Learning Children’s Books & Videos
Reading children’s books during your social-emotional lessons is a great way to help children understand a concept. A thoughtful book choice is a powerful tool to introduce a lesson, help teach a concept, or extend a classroom meeting.
They provide children with examples they can relate to. If they see a child going through a similar experience in a book, it will help them internalize the story and the problems a character faces.
The posts below are filled with children’s book suggestions and videos to show your class when teaching social and emotional lessons. Click on any of the images below to visit.
The following books are organized by social-emotional topic. They are hand-picked as being excellent choices for your lessons!
Books that Help Teach the Emotions
Books that Help Teach Self-Regulation
Books that Help Teach Growth Mindset
Books that Help Teach Friendship
Books that Help Teach Social Awareness
Books that Help Teach Kindness
Books that Help Teach Respect
Books that Help Teach Responsibility
Books that Help Teach Conflict Resolution & Anti-Bullying
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