• Join us each month for a new theme and activities to work with your students! This month's theme is #MeaningfulMay

    #SEL Day 2024: https://selday.org/

    #MeaningfulMay Quote of the Month:

    "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

     

    William James 

  • We matter every day. But how often do we stop and take the opportunity to “be” in the moment of our daily lives? With easy access to technology, we often find ourselves viewing those moments behind the lens instead of taking the opportunity to “be” in the moment. Take the opportunity this month to “be” in the moment. To “be” intentional with your everyday life. #MeaningfulMay #Intentionality #Beinthemoment

    #SELday 2024: https://selday.org/

    Week 1: Action for Happiness Calendar #MeaningfulMay

    https://actionforhappiness.org/sites/default/files/May%202024.jpg

    Week 2: What matters most activity

    There are so many things that make you unique. Your skills, interest and values are all a part of what makes YOU. In this exercise, take a moment to reflect on what matters most to you. #MeaningfulMay #MakeEverydayCount Reflection question to ask: 1. Are there any overlapping themes? What do your answers have in common? 2. Based on the overlapping themes you identified, what three things might you say matter most to you? 3. As you move forward, what are some steps you could take to focus on the thing that matters most to you? How might the adults in your life help you too?

    Week 3: Year in Reflection - Thank you notes

    Writing thank you notes creates a positive environment in which youth feel grateful for all they have accomplished and are able to acknowledge the people who helped them.  Provide youth with blank paper or thank you cards and help them create thank you notes. Youth can write notes to their teachers, after-school staff, friends, and family.  #MeaningfulMay #Gratitude

    Week 4: Affirmation Box

    Using positive affirmation activities for youth is powerful for building self-esteem, self-talk, and growth mindset.  It’s important to practice positive self-talk with our students to help them grow in awareness, build self-esteem, and possibly even rewire their brains to break a habit of negative thoughts. #Meaningful May #TakeAMoment

    https://nelrc.org/managingstress/pdfs/lessons/Affirming%20Our%20Strengths%20(Preparation%20for%20Affirmation%20Box%20Activity).pdf

    Week 5: What motivates you? Inspiring Quotes

    All Things Earth Day! Invest in Our Planet 

    Quotes can be a useful way to initiate reflection because there is an ample supply of them, they are often brief yet inspiring, and they can sometimes be interpreted in multiple ways. Post meaningful and inspiring quotes around your area. Have youth to quietly walk round and read each quote. Then, have students reflect and discuss their quote. Some meaning and inspirational quotes are listed below. #MeaningfulMay #Inspiration

    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  — Thomas Edison

     “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” –Maya Angelou

    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” —Albert Einstein

    “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln

SEL Video of the Month


  • What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how can I be part of this?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • What is Social-Emotional Learning and why does it matter?

    Per CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.SEL Framework by CASEL

SEL Resources

  • I Am Poem Template

  • As the pandemic continues, kids are turning to meditation to manage anxiety

  • SEL skills include the ability to:

    •  set and achieve positive goals
    •  feel and show empathy for others
    •  establish and maintain positive relationships
    •  make responsible decisions
    •  understand and manage emotions

     

    All of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.

    Visit the CASEL Interactive SEL Framework to learn more about the CASEL Wheel  (above)

Previous Monthly Themes

  • April 2024 - #ActiveApril

  • March 2024 - #MindfulMarch

  • January 2024 - #HappierJanuary

  • December 2023 - #DoGoodDecember

  • November 2023 - #NewWaysNovember

  • October 2023 - #OptimisticOctober

  • September 2023 - #Self-CareSeptember

  • May 2023 - #MeaningfulMay

  • April 2023 - #ActiveApril

  • March 2023 - #MindfulMarch

  • February 2023 - #FriendlyFebruary

  • January 2023 — #HappierJanuary

  • December 2022 – #DoGoodDecember

  • November 2022 - #NewWaysNovember

  • October 2022 - #OptimisticOctober