Hello! I am Jordan from Hey Hey First Grade and I am so excited to share with you about something that I’ve grown to be passionate about. Social Emotional Learning. I’m thankful my district and school has fully embraced and supported this wonderful idea shift of not only preparing and teaching students academically but also socially and emotionally. I love teaching students how to be resilient, how to be flexible thinkers and how their behavior and words can affect others.
I currently have 4 classroom management / social emotional learning lessons that I teach at the beginning of the year.
*Expected vs. Unexpected behavior
*Small Problem vs. Big Problem
*In the Group or Out of the Group
*Reporting vs. Tattling
These resources can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here or by clicking the photo below. Some of these lessons came from the awesome book “Think Social” by Michelle Garcia Winner that I ordered from Amazon.
Each lesson helps facilitate great classroom conversation through examples and scenarios. The goal is for your students to self-regulate their behavior and be better problem solvers. Here’s a look at my resources and an explanation of how we incorporate examples and scenarios into our class discussions. This particular lesson is Small Problem vs. Big Problem. The first 3 steps we do whole group. The fourth step students do independently.
First, we go over what each term means and talk about the definitions. I always post a small chart in the room for students to refer back to when needed.
Next, we discuss and sort quick examples. The Post-it Tabletop Easel Pad is my go-to in helping keep the sort visible, accessible and portable. I can easily make an anchor chart or move it to a center for students to use during their independent reflection.
Then, we look at the scenarios and decide what’s best to do when these things happen. (Here is my wonderful, trusty easel again!)
Last, students work on an independent sort and write about how they will personally implement their new take away from the lesson!
I hope this helps to begin great discussions with your students!
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