Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Join us each month for a new theme and activities to work with your students!

    This month is #NewWaysNovember and Action for Happiness is encouraging all of us to learn or try something new. Learning and trying a new activity can be wonderful for our well-being. Keeping our brains active with new and challenging activities can help us get to know ourselves better, challenge our own limits on what we can do, and helps us to create a positive mindset for limitless possibilities.  

    #NewWaysNovember Quote of the Month:

    "Just try new things. Don't be afraid,

    step out of your comfort zone and soar."

    - Michelle Obama

#NewWaysNovember 2021 Weekly Activity Guide

  • Week 1: Action for happiness calendar 

    Some of the most powerful teaching happens during causal interactions with the youth we serve. Listed below are some simple phrases and questions that can help make the most of everyday teaching moments

    Phrase to Use:

    • It’s okay to not know how to do something.
    • Not everything works out the way we think it will, and that’s fine.
    • All I want is for you to try.
    • You don’t have to get it the first time.
    • Being nervous means you’re challenging yourself. Good job.
    • Everyone has to learn, even the experts.
    • It’s okay to take breaks.
    • I believe in you.

    Phrase to Ask:

    • I see your picture isn’t turning out the way you wanted it to. How can you use it to make something new?
    • Oops, that didn’t go as planned. What can we do instead?
    • What don’t you like about …?
    • What would you say to your friend if they felt this way about …?
    • What are you afraid will happen if you try …? What makes you feel that would happen? What is more likely to happen?
    • What if I try it with you?

    Week #2:

    Create a “I Can” Can. The next time kids become stressed, or worried about at task they won’t be able to accomplish a task, remind them of all the things they can do, by having them list those things in their “I Can” can. This help to encourage and motivate youth.

    Week #3:

    World Kindness Day is November 13, 2021. World Kindness Day is a day observed annually, to celebrate kind people and acts of kindness. The main aim of the day is to promote kindness in all forms, to unite people globally. View the activities for World Kindness Day. Don't forget to head over to Inspire Kindness to check out how you can spread kindness by creating a painted rock.

    Week #4:

    Try something new - Kids are good at convincing themselves that choosing not to try something new or challenging is okay. And in truth, it is. It’s okay to say no and it’s good for kids to have a chance to feel autonomy over their choices. But what if the people who are afraid to try something new are your parents. Follow a zombie kid, who must try and convince his parents to try something new. Scroll below to the YouTube video embed and Listen to Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by, Megan and Jorge Lacera at Storyline Online brought to you by SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The book is available in English and Spanish. View the YouTube video.

#NewWaysNovember Action for Happiness Calendar

  • Action for Happiness calendar

SEL Video of the Month: Zombies Don't Eat Veggies! read by Jaime Camil

  • 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

  • October 2021 - #OptimisticOctober

  • September 2021 - Self-care September!