Think of social and emotional values as life skills that help students develop healthy and meaningful relationships that lead to a satisfying and socially responsible life. 

Let’s take a look at one of those SEL traits: resilience.

Social and emotional domain of CHARACTER COUNTS!

Some of the desired traits and attributes in SEL Domain include:

  • Self- Discipline
  • Resilience
  • Setting Goals
  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Perseverance
  • Positivity
  • Gratitude
  • Leadership

How to teach desired traits in SEL domain

  1. Direct Teaching
  2. Experiential Activities
  3. Vicarious Experiences
  4. Teach Academics and Values at the Same Time


  • What words or phrases would you use to describe someone who is resilient? How about for students?
  • The Six Pillars of Character are values that are ethically based and are all about moral right and good. But there are desired traits, though ethically neutral, that are important for student success. For you as a teacher, what are traits in the SEL domain that are important for student success?
  • What techniques and tools can you use to intentionally and explicitly teach resilience or the traits you have identified as being important?
  • In the video, Mallory says, “resilience is the will to never give in and to always keep fighting the fight.” How does the quote and Mallory’s story apply to what we would like to see in our students?
  • In Way To Go Journals, there are a number of lessons on resilience. Let’s take the opportunity this week to directly teach lessons on resilience using Way To Go.

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