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5 Ways to Include SEL Competencies in Teacher Directed Lessons

by Guest Blogger on June 11, 2020

Social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction is a dynamic curriculum, growing and changing in response to students’ needs. For SEL instruction to be most successful and for students to make connections, it must also be embedded within a lesson in ways that feel natural and purposeful.

Istation’s teacher directed lessons (TDLs) include thousands of lesson plans, automated tools, and flexible resources to help educators customize instruction and support diverse teaching approaches.

Here are 5 easy ways to extend Istation’s TDLs with SEL.

Analyze. Discuss the character’s feelings and emotions from the book or passage after reading. How did those emotions affect the character’s relationships? Were there any outcomes that happened specifically because of the emotions? Students will gain insight into how emotions affect characters’ lives, which will make it easier for students to reflect on how their own emotions impact the world around them.

Journal. Ask students to write about how they felt completing the lesson (e.g., successful, challenged, frustrated). Ask them to respond to open-ended questions that require reflection. Possible questions include: What areas of this topic would you like to learn more about? What did you notice when [event] happened? How did [SEL skill] contribute to your success during [event]?

Assign. Use the Independent Practice section of the TDL or put it in a center for students to complete, they can demonstrate responsibility, problem solving, and decision-making. The assignment may lend itself to cooperative groups, allowing them to develop relationship skills.

Play. Use an Independent Practice TDL game like “Go Fish for Homophones” in a center or station  so students can practice relationship skills by working with others. Encourage student-led discussions, interactions, and teamwork. Role-play to prepare students for social expectations by sharing examples of what successful collaboration looks and sounds like. Include some counterexamples to demonstrate the type of interactions to avoid.

Monitor. Students can monitor their own progress by visually charting their skill mastery on the TDL Independent Practices. They can also set goals for the month. After students complete a task, assessment, project, or assignment, encourage them to reflect about their own progress and effort.

And to learn more about how blended learning solutions promote core elements of SEL, from driving student engagement to encouraging teamwork and goal setting, download the white paper!

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Links to additional resources you can use in your classroom:

Meet the Authors:

Jane Moore, EdD, spent 42 years in education before retiring from public schools. She continues to support districts and teachers as a professional development specialist for Istation.

Georgia Thompson, EdD, is a professional development specialist for Istation with 43 years in the field of education.