Unit 1: Defining Social Emotional Learning


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Unit 1: Defining Social Emotional Learning

Here, you'll learn the basics of Social Emotional Learning. You can always come back to this page to review your knowledge of the Social Emotional concept!


Lesson 1: Getting to Know Social Emotional Learning

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Lesson 2: Reflection and Feedback

Want to allow students to write about their emotions, and other events going on in their lives? Have them keep a journal! Allowing students to keep a private writing journal, or a journal that their teacher would collect, gives students the opportunity to express themselves and clear their heads. In some cases, journal entries are used to reflect on the school day, a specific class assignment, or something related to a student’s interests.

No matter what subject you teach, there is always something to journal about! Here are potential examples of journal prompts in common high school subjects:

English Class: How does Nick Carraway from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby embody one of the seven deadly sins? Explain.

Math Class: Based on the processes we covered in class, how can mathematics formulas be used outside of our classroom?

Science Class: How can we apply the Scientific Method to something in our own lives?

Social Studies Class: Imagine you are an English settler who just arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. How do you feel?

In some cases, the journal entries can be abstract questions that allow students to think creatively. In other cases, students can use these journal entries to connect emotions to various social concepts. It is certainly acceptable to have abstract questions with no set answer, and it is also a good idea to diversify journal prompts in the classroom. Changing the concepts surrounding the journal entries will keep students engaged, and the differentiation is a quick way to connect to all types of learners.

Journal Entry #1: Reflecting on our Practices:

Where do I go from here?

Head on over to your next unit... Unit 2: The Benefits and Detriments of Social Emotional Learning

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