Providing opportunities for students to learn and talk about emotional wellness is one powerful way to create a school culture where all students feel safe, heard and accepted. I provide whole group instruction which helps children learn to identify their feelings and identify when they are stressed or anxious. As a group we discuss why it's important to have guidelines for behavior. Our students are smart, thoughtful and eager to learn and talk!
I use variety of curricular materials. Some of the curriculums currently used are:
- Second Step
Second Step SEL is research-based, teacher-informed, and classroom-tested to promote social skills, learner behaviors, empathy, safety, and well-being of children from kindergarten through Grade 5.
Second Step Bullying Prevention
This year nearly all of our classrooms are participating in the Second Step Bullying Prevention curriculum. Children are taught how to recognize bullying, and what to do when bullying occurs. Children practice reporting bullying and responding as a bystander when they see bullying. In addition, cyberbullying is covered.
Our teachers have also been trained on how to identify and respond to bullying.
- Zones of Regulation
The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach students self-regulation. Students learn to recognize all the different ways we feel, and can identify the states of alertness we experience in the Blue, Green, Yellow and Red Zone. The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in, controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem-solve conflicts.
- Kelso's Choice
Kelso's Choice is made to teach problem-solving skills and to engage its young audience. The nine solutions, also called Kelso's Choices, are paired with strong visuals and body movements that make the lesson easy to grasp for young, developing minds. Recognizing big and small problems, finding potential solutions and learning to communicate effectively are reiterated in several styles, through several lessons and activities to strengthen recall.
- Mind Up
This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help you extend the benefits of Mind up throughout your day, week, and year.