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SEL Webinars and Online Content for Educators

The Bar Foundation is constantly working to provide comprehensive resources for educators in the state of New Jersey. The content on this page is designed to support educators with distance learning and provide educators with opportunities for asynchronous learning. New webinars and content will be posted regularly so come back periodically to see what has been added!

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Online Content

This content can be used to help incorporate SEL into everyday learning.

For Educators
Many educators are using distance learning for the first time. This handout offers ideas on how to incorporate SEL into distance learning.

Attitude of Gratitude: For Elementary, Middle and High School Students
What is the secret to happiness? There is no secret! There is only science. And science tells us that creating a habit of gratefulness makes us “more energetic, emotionally intelligent, forgiving, and less likely to be depressed, anxious, or lonely.” (Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life (New York: Crown Publishing, 2010), 98.) Use this handout to create a habit of gratitude with your students. You can use it as a journaling practice or as a conversation starter in morning meetings. Remember that routines and habits are the heart of SEL.

What? Why? How? For Growth Mindset: For Elementary, Middle and High School Students
Sometimes we make mistakes. It’s important to have a growth mindset so we can learn from our mistakes. If students are struggling, have them use this worksheet to think through their problem. Being able to identify the “what, why and how” of a situation can contribute to resilience.

Webinars

Self-Awareness: A Boost for Ourselves and Our Students (2 hours)Self-awareness is the keystone competency for SEL. It’s comprised of an inward understanding of yourself and knowing how others see you. This webinar will take a deep dive into the different components of self-awareness to help educators promote it in themselves and in their students. Click here for more information.

Self-Awareness: A Boost for Your Students Handouts

I Wish Poem: For Elementary School Students
This worksheet can foster self-awareness in students by providing the opportunity for them to think of their aspirations through poetry. Once the poems are completed, have the students share their poems.

I Aspire: For Middle and High School Students
This worksheet can foster self-awareness in students by providing the opportunity for them to think of their aspirations.

This or That: For Middle and High School Students
Knowing your values can help increase self-awareness. In this worksheet, students will identify the seemingly opposite concept they value more. Once students identify their value and write their reasoning, have a conversation using the questions at the bottom of the worksheet.

Social Cue Clue Cards: For Elementary and Middle School Students
This can be done through distance learning in an online room like Zoom or Google Meet. Share the PDF with your students.  Explain that social cues are hints or clues of what a person really thinks or feels. Ask the students to choose a statement on the page to act out. Have the student act out the statement without mentioning any of the words in the statement. Allow other students to guess which one is being acted out. Students can make up their own to act out as well. Have a discussion and ask, “Why are reading social cues important?’ and “How does the ability to read social cues help us make and keep friends?”

A Guide to Giving Feedback: For Middle and High School Students
Use this handout as a guide when giving feedback.

A Guide to Receiving Feedback: For Middle and High School Students
Use this handout as a guide when receiving feedback.

Resilience: Getting Through Stressful Times (2 hours)—This webinar introduces educators to different definitions of resilience, focusing on specific aspects of resilience and providing practical applications of resilience for educators and students. Click here for more information.

Resilience: Getting Through Stressful Times Handouts

Impulse Model Control: For Elementary, Middle and High School Students
Impulse control is a component of resilience. We naturally all have impulses, it’s how we handle them that matters. These steps from our Social Emotional Character Development Guide can help your students have more control over their impulses. Introduce them to the steps by modeling your own impulse control. Modeling for students is a key component of SEL and encourages students to share more of themselves with you.

Regulating My Feelings Mini-Book Templates: For Elementary School Students
Self-regulation is one of the seven components of resilience. Using this template, have each student create their own mini-book with strategies they have used to calm themselves down. They can create a whole book in one lesson or slowly add pages with different techniques they used or would like to use in the future. Refer students to their mini-books when they need to self-regulate.

For Educators
Creating connections is one of the seven components of resilience. The ideas on this handout come from educators across the state. These are some ways they are making connections with students, with parents and guardians, with their own families and friends and with each other. Let’s stay connected. It increases resilience.

Motivation: Keeping it Up (2 hours)Motivation can be a difficult state of mind to achieve. This webinar will cover what motivation is and what forms of motivation are effective. It will also cover the factors that need to be taken into consideration when motivating people. This webinar works to answer these questions, provides resources to use with adults and students and more. Click here for more information.

Motivation: Keeping It Up Handouts

Phrases for Praises: For Educators
Not all praise is created equal! Some forms of praise are more effective than others in sparking motivation in students. This handout offers opportunities for educators to practice and discuss effective methods of praise.  Have educators work together in small groups to answer page one. Review the answers on page two as a large group and have a conversation about effective methods of praise using the discussion questions provided. Running this activity as an intro to a staff meeting is one way it can be used.

Motivation Creation: For Elementary School Students
If you use breakout rooms for online learning, have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the worksheet together. Then bring the class together to discuss the following questions, “Why is motivation important to learning?” “What is the hardest part about getting motivated?” “Which motivation strategies do you find most useful? Why?” “What other strategies can you think of that are not in the toolbox?”

Motivation It’s All in Your Head: For Middle and High School Students
Motivation can be hard to foster in students. Use this handout to help students identify ways to increase their intrinsic motivation. A discussion can be had using the following questions, “Why is motivation important?” “Which of the motivation challenges do you encounter most often?” “Which of the solutions can you envision using in your life? Why?”

How Do I Learn Best?: For Elementary School Students
This survey is intended to use as a guide to help students identify their learning styles. It is also a guide for educators to better understand each student’s needs. When learning activities are tailored to different styles, students will be more motivated. Have your students identify how they learn and then give them a choice of assignments that reflect their styles and make the learning more relevant and interesting.

How Do I learn Best? Why Does it Matter?: For Middle and High School Students
This survey is intended to use as a guide to help students identify their learning styles. It is also a guide for educators to better understand each student’s needs. When learning activities are tailored to different styles, students will be more motivated. Have your students identify how they learn and then give them a choice of assignments that reflect their styles and make the learning more relevant and interesting.

22 to Connect You: For Elementary, Middle and High School Students
Research tells us that students are more motivated to learn when they have positive relationships with the educators in their lives.  Use this handout to create connections among students and between adults and students in your school. Get creative with the presentations that come from this activity. Create a YouTube video and share the presentations with another class or with the whole school. Share the student’s presentations with parents. Whatever you do, make sure to have a conversation with students about the importance of connection and relationships when getting through tough times.

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