SEL has become a buzz word and it seems like everyone keeps saying that we need to check on our students and teachers... but who is actually teaching students to name their emotions and regulate them? Who is teaching students to understand why they are reacting in a certain way?
SEL practices have been around for a long time, and I think we need to share some tools with our students. These practices are truly THE BEST way to settle down and keep our students grounded and focus throughout the class.
As some of you know, because you follow me on Insta (Thank you! ILY), I am doing a course on SEL facilitation and Yoga Teacher Training. I have always loved meditation, yoga, and all the things that have to do with introspection, but I never knew how to teach them and share those tools with my students.
This is not an ad for Breath 4 Change (the organization where I'm getting my training), but I have to say that they have been a tremendous help and have provided the tools I needed to feel confident teaching my students to discover who they are and what the want through SEL practices.
I want to share with you how I have incorporated some SEL practices into my classroom, so hopefully you can find a way to practice these too. So here is how I made it happen:
These are the practices I have incorporated:
I hope this is useful and that you can feel confident in sharing these practices with your students. The most important part is to start!! You will get better with time as you continue to practice teaching/leading these SEL practices.