Classroom SEL Plugins ® are powerful routines that develop both student and adult SEL, strengthen school culture, and improve behavior, all while helping you directly teach any academic content!  How is this possible?  Our plugins utilize the power of

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Collaborative Academic Routines that we already use in our classrooms, but we have re-engineered them to deliberately teach SEL habits and academic content more effectively than ever before!  We have also included many brand new routines based on the latest cognitive neuroscience and behavioral change technologies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), for example, to develop complex SEL skills such as self-discipline, self-motivation, grit, resilience, and emotional regulation, by targeting the root of all behaviors — beliefs and attitudes.  Collaborative academic routines such as collaborative problem-solving, peer feedback, jigsaw, emotion check-ins, think-pair-share, class norm monitoring, and learning stations, by their very nature, require students to employ all their SEL skills for the achievement of one common group goal.  The fact that they are routines, and not just strategies, ensures that students have multiple opportunities consistently over time to practice these skills in a real-life context, struggle with them, and improve them with feedback, reflection, and repetition until they become automatic SEL habits.  

Who Is This Book For?

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Classroom SEL Plugins ® are for any adults who directly work with students in a classroom or small group setting to teach content or skills of any kind.  This includes teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, resource specialists, special needs instructors, speech pathologists, and so on.  

This is especially for educators who are busy teachers and want an SEL solution they can literally “plug in and play” that will help students achieve their learning objectives, not detract from them.  This is also for educators who want to strengthen their own SEL skills in a fun way that doesn’t require extra time outside of the school day. 

Classroom SEL Plugins ® were designed for adults to learn SEL with their students, by participating in the activities and routines that were designed for learners of all ages to access.  When adults are humble and appropriately vulnerable learners, this self-discovery point of view helps you foster psychological safety with your students and normalize risk-taking. 

The Many Benefits of SEL for Teachers

Why SEL Matters?

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Teachers and staff who receive socioemotional learning (SEL) training for emotional control has reduced stress levels, better emotional wellbeing, and higher quality classrooms because they’re better able to develop connections with their students and respond to the demands of their classrooms.  Teachers, for example, can detect their own frustrations early, allowing them to de-escalate those emotions, resulting in a more thoughtful and effective response to their students, instead of quickly resorting to punishments (Jennings et al., 2011, 2013; Benn et al., 2012; Roeser et al., 2013).  Overall, teachers strong in their own SEL skills are less likely to experience burnout because they’re able to work more effectively with challenging students, one of the main causes of burnout. 

Research from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development has found that students learn SEL skills better when educators can effectively model these skills (Berman, 2018).  This makes perfect sense.  After all, students, and adults of course, learn more effectively from what we see rather than from what we hear.  Make no doubt about it, students are watching very closely how we interact with our own colleagues, administrators, other parents, and students (especially those considered the more “challenging” ones), and they anxiously await to see how we respond when we are frustrated.  We then set the standard for self-comportment and social interaction as they subconsciously process and summarize the rules of engagement:  “If Mrs. Johnson yells and demeans a student when she’s frustrated, then I can too.”

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Classroom Routines

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The Name Game

WHAT?    Learn and remember student names and interesting qualities through a kinesthetic and memorable game!

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Setting SEL Intentions

WHAT?  Improve student focus, behavior, and adherence to class norms as they set intentional SEL-related behavior goals monitor their progress improve and hold each other accountable.

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Growth Mindset Power Q's

WHAT?  Students embrace discomfort as an opportunity for growth by creating an inner dialogue T-chart and turning challenge stressors into power questions that engage the creative, problem-solving mind. 

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Power Listening

WHAT?  Students perform one of three sociological experiments to analyze their current team practices and improve them through a group process analysis routine.