- This tool was designed for self-reflection. It should not be used to evaluate performance. Principals, administrators, SEL team members, and staff members can use it to assess their personal strengths and think about how they can model those strengths when interacting with others.
- The tool also offers prompts that encourage thinking and strategies to promote growth across areas of social competence.
Insights gained from this personal reflection tool can be effectively used during SEL professional learning. After individuals privately complete the tool, they can discuss general themes and examples of strengths and challenges with partners or in small groups. During regular staff meetings, staff can revisit personal goals to mark progress and update.
- Begin by downloading the tool here.
- Read each statement and think of specific related situations, then rate yourself on the statement by marking the appropriate box (rarely, sometimes, often). If a statement does not apply to you, draw a line through the rating box.
- When you finish, search for patterns of strengths and challenges to guide your personal social-emotional growth process. This information is for you, so answer accurately without judging responses as “good” or “not as good.”
- After completing the reflection, take action in light of what you learned.
- Reflect upon the results to draw conclusions about your progress.
- If you consider that statements marked as “often” could be indicators of personal strengths:
- How do these strengths affect your interactions with students and peers?
- What competencies do your strengths relate to?
- Which of your strengths do you believe will help you guide schoolwide SEL?
- Which are you most proud of?
- If you consider that statements marked as “rarely” could be considered as current challenges:
- How might enhancing this area benefit your interactions with students and/or peers?
- To which competency or competencies do your challenges relate?
- Select one or two areas you believe would help you promote schoolwide SEL.
- Develop a strategy to remind yourself to practice this new behavior, or bring it up as something to work on with a mentor or a coach.
- When looking at your responses, were there things that surprised you? Were there things that confirmed what you already knew about yourself?
- List ways you can model your strengths for others and embed them throughout the school day.
- List ways you can improve on any challenges you currently face.
Adapted from the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL, developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). CASEL, a nonprofit founded in 1994, defined social and emotional learning (SEL) more than two decades ago. Today, CASEL is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based SEL and collaborates with leading experts and supports districts, schools, and states nationwide to drive research, guide practice, and inform policy.