Social-emotional learning was the topic of today’s in-service. I wasn’t looking forward to it, but ended up being completely re-inspired.
I may come back and add more details (have to go eat before a next meeting) but in a nutshell, here are some ideas:
First of all, make sure to greet kids or have a sincere greeter at the door to acknowledge every single student every single day. (We’ve talked several times about how kids need to know that at least three adults in their lives care about them. If we’re doing the daily greeting, they can start to know that.) I just realized…I could have students doing the set-up between classes, and keep the greeter job for myself.
Second, try the Blaine idea, discussed recently on yahoo, of giving the extra-credit point on quizzes that lets kids share something from their lives.
Third, make sure that you’re checking in on the sleepy, grumpy, loud, and quiet kids in case of issues.
Fourth, keep on doing the popsicle-stick rotation, or the reading of the classroom introductions, so that everyone gets a chance to be recognized.
Looking at the self-awareness/self-management/social-awareness/social-management pieces of our school district’s SEL graph, I thought that I could have prompts like these for students to finish (even in target language) and share:
When I’m feeling grumpy/sad/angry, I ____.
When I’m feeling scared/frustrated, the person I talk to is ___.
One way I show honesty is ____.
A good choice I made recently was ____.
I have a good working relationship with ___ because ___.
One of my current goals is ____.
I think that by sharing such ideas, we can help kids with the metacognition piece that will not only let them show what their own strengths and resources are, but get ideas for others to develop.