Incorporating SEL strategies in classrooms teaches students coping mechanisms for both past and future traumas. Creating supportive environments also promote better academics by enhancing focus. Here are 3 ways to boost student well-being
1. Actively teach compassion
Developing strong and healthy relationships requires knowing how to show empathy. To teach empathy to younger students, try creating the job of Classroom Encourager and assign someone this role each day. While in this role, students will watch for struggling classmates and offer them help or kind words. Coach students on examples of kind words and helpful statements. Most importantly, show kids how to respond to those in need by modeling kindness.
2. Build emotional vocabulary
Introducing students to a larger array of emotional descriptions helps them better recognize and understand their own feelings, especially when paired with discussing characters’ emotions and reactions from stories they’re reading or working this vocabulary into health or writing classes
3. Move for mindfulness
Physical health is linked to emotional well-being. GoNoodle offers fun singing and dancing activities that provide fun short breaks across different subjects from Pre-K to 6th grade and above.
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