LESSONS: Partners Learning Objective: To help students see the benefit of working together Materials: Paper; newspaper sheets; rubber bands; pieces of string cut into 12 inch lengths; balloons (per team) Instructions: Have everyone in the group find a partner. Each of the following five tasks must be accomplished while holding one of their partner’s hands. […]

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCES SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DOMAIN Students demonstrate the ability to build trust, inspire confidence, motivate, and positively influence individuals and groups by the use of reasoned argument, persuasion, inspiration, negotiation, and by setting an example. They are able to encourage and empower others with constructive criticism and timely praise. They know how to [...]

LESSONS: Ways to Communicate ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are some ways humans communicate? OBJECTIVES/PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Participants learn about different forms of communication; participants practice different forms of communication. SUMMARY OF THE ISSUE: Communication is what we do to give and get understanding; it is the process of sending and receiving messages. Successful communication occurs when there […]

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCES SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DOMAIN Students seek to establish and maintain healthy, positive, mutually gratifying personal relationships with their teachers, classmates and others as a source of support, comfort, companionship, and intellectual stimulation.    Students demonstrate a willingness to alter their attitudes and conduct when necessary to reduce or prevent disharmony, generate respect [...]

LESSONS:   Empathy Busters   What’s the opposite of empathy? In this activity, your students will learn about common “empathy busters”so they can avoid them in the future. First, introduce your students to these empathy busters using the mnemonic device S.U.D.S.:     Solving the problem – Examples: “I’ll fix it.” “I’ll talk to her.” “I’ll get […]

LESSONS: Students who have trouble staying on task and are easily distracted often lack self-discipline. By helping students improve their working memory skills, you can help them pay attention and develop self-control. Try playing brain games like Memory, or word recall where students have to recall the words or pictures that they were just shown. […]

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCES SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DOMAIN Students demonstrate the ability to accurately assess current conditions (i.e., the way things are) and have the ability to envision how things could be better (i.e., the way things ought to be). They recognize their capacity to be a positive change agent in their families, school, community, and [...]
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCES SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DOMAIN Students demonstrate the ability to identify and understand their core values (i.e., what is really important to them), beliefs, opinions, attitudes, and mindsets and how they influence their feelings and actions. (For example, if the approval of others is a core value, they may be more vulnerable to [...]

LESSONS:   Journaling or Class Discussion   Think about the last 24 hours. What are all the emotions you felt? What are all the emotions you saw in other people? What did you and the others look like, say, and do when you felt that way?   How do different emotions make ​me​ feel? What […]

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCES SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DOMAIN Students identify and accept who they are, including their dominant personality traits (e.g., outgoing or introverted, timid or bold) and they accurately assess their physical, mental, emotional and moral attributes (including strengths they can build on and weaknesses they can improve). KEY BELIEFS I will be a better [...]