As a mother of a sixth-grade student, I know how important social-emotional learning (SEL) is. As a middle school teacher, you know that anything social dominates students’ lives and drives their emotional states.
This is a delicate time for students; they are trying to figure out who they are, what friends really are, and where they fit in their school and home communities. They have conquered elementary school but are getting anxious about high school. This “stuck-in-the-middle” feeling brings new challenges every day for middle school students. You, as their teacher, are a source of guidance and comfort in this time of huge social and emotional growth.
SEL Activities for Middle School
How can you ensure your middle school students become the best versions of themselves? The answer is teaching them to be empathetic and self-confident at the same time. Here are five SEL activities for middle school, based on the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) core competencies, to help you mold your students into thoughtful, successful people.
When I think of self-awareness, I immediately think of self-improvement. One of the best ways to improve is to have a growth mindset.
Display this “Habits of a Learning Mindset” poster in your classroom or on your remote learning resources site and start each day by picking a quality and asking each student to give an example that relates to them. For example, think about the quality of perseverance; tell me about a time when you learned from a mistake. The 12 qualities in this learning mindset poster will propel students toward a “can-do” attitude and empower them with positivity.
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