This study examines the effectiveness of Positive Action, a social emotional development school program, as a tool to improve educational outcomes for low income urban students. It provides support for the importance of including character education programs in your teaching practice as they do positively influence academic performance.
This is an excellent resource that I've found to be very helpful for use in my classroom when teaching cause and effect. It provides students with the opportunity to explain the reasons for behavior, describe their behavior and the resulting consequences. Students are then able to make a plan for improving their behavior. Helpful for grounding the conversation as well as for use with contacting parents to discuss student behavior.
Fabulous poster that allows students to work through their problems by considering the size of their problem, the associated emotion words and feelings. For each level (Big, Medium and Small) there are my problem space, emotion words, rating scale, feeling words, and a what I did space. An excellent tool to help students work through their problems and find appropriate solutions. This is something that parents could also use at home for problems that students are having at home.
Card game that has students think about their thoughts and behavior and compare it to others in social situations. Great activity to use with a small group. Digs into the relationship of our thoughts and behaviors on others feelings in social situations. Excellent tool to practice with students who struggle with social cues and how to respond appropriately in social settings. Primary grades set is also available.
Social Aliens is a fun game that has students work through a variety of social situations. This card game is more appropriate for K-3. To modify it for Grades 4-8 I would have the students work together in groups of four to create their own age appropriate social situations on blank cards and trade with another group of four to play the game. You could also do this as a whole class and draw scenarios at random and use them as class discussion points or for use during community circle time.
This article discusses the importance of social-emotional skills and how they can aid in Common Core implementation. It is an excellent read, and a good reminder to educators that social-emotional learning is truly an academic intervention. Students cannot learn the Common Core if they are not in the right state.