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Students build trust and inclusion through a quick and fun game that reveals their commonalities.
Students discuss the SEL skills touched upon during the activity in which they have just participated.
Students learn to notice sounds, their beginnings and endings, and the silent spaces between each sound.
Students track their breathing as they trace up and down the fingers of one hand.
Students and staff lessen their stress by changing their outlook on a negative event.
Students learn how to comfort themselves during stressful times.
Students practice and build executive function skills in whole-class games.
Build positive relationships with students in 2 minutes a day.
A simple way to build students’ academic mindset, trust, and positive identity.
Introduce students to “Remember Power,” or the ability to keep track of, update, and use information over short periods of time.
Students redirect their attention to their breath each time their minds wander.
Introduce students to “Focus Power,” or the ability to sustain attention and ignore distractions when needed.
Help students calm themselves through a short coloring exercise.
Students record three good things that happened to them each day for a week.
Simple ways for teachers, principals, and staff members to help families of all backgrounds feel welcome in the school community
A daily mindfulness and music appreciation practice for the whole school or a single classroom
Introduce students to “Stop and Think Power,” or the ability to control impulses and to “think before you act.”
Students mentally send good wishes to someone who is important to them.
A game to develop students' memory and attention by remembering what motions accompany each phrase, and doing them correctly quickly
A routine for celebrating each student in your class
Help students plan enjoyable activities as a form of self-care
Students observe their breath while relaxing and tensing their bodies, and then practice shaking and freezing their bodies.
Students explore their thoughts, emotions, or ideas by freewriting on a topic of their choosing, an academic-related question, or an ethical dilemma.
A game to build students' focus and attention by remembering when to use motions instead of words.
A daily mindfulness and poetry appreciation practice for the whole school or a single classroom
A game involving balance and teamwork that helps build trust.
A list of strategies for making explicit connections to SEL skills throughout the day in order to reinforce students’ practice of skills
Students write five things they’re grateful for once a day for two weeks.
Students think about a time when they felt close to someone in order to foster a sense of belonging and well-being.
Students briefly check-in with themselves and focus their attention on their breath.
Students learn to observe and accept emotions and body sensations.
Students reflect on how their science learning is relevant to their lives.
Discussion questions for families to deepen their child’s experience of gratitude
Students listen to a song or piece of music and observe their responses.
In this circle activity, students practice mindful speaking and mindful listening.
Develop students’ intellectual humility by helping them to ask questions while thoughtfully evaluating evidence.
A short practice for mindfully exploring your emotional experience when you help a student
A game to develop students' self-control by doing the correct (silly) motion instead of the automatic one
Teachers and students create a safe space to develop strong relationships.
A practice for parents and caregivers to help their child or teen plan enjoyable activities as a form of self-care
Strategies for parents and caregivers to help their children consider offering reparations as part of their apologies
A discussion that uses scenarios to explore character and citizenship.
Students take time to reflect on positive experiences, attributes, and/or aspirations.
In a group meeting, students share their feelings while also building their feelings vocabulary and emotion knowledge.
A game to develop students' self-control by managing how they sing a familiar song
A game to develop students' self-control by waiting before doing a series of motions.
A game to develop students' self-control by listening for a key phrase before doing an action
A game to develop students' self-control by stopping themselves from moving or dancing when the music stops
Students establish and build friendships with classmates in a safe way.
A game to develop students' memory and attention by remembering a series of motions and doing them in the correct order
A game to develop students' memory and attention by keeping track of objects in order to tell which one is missing
A game to develop student's memory and attention by remembering what each person has said and repeating it in the correct order
A game to cultivate students’ focus and attention by knowing when it is their turn and the right thing to say
A game to build students’ focus and attention by listening carefully to hear who stole the honey pot
A game to build students’ focus and attention by practicing careful looking to find the object that another person is thinking of
A game to cultivate students’ focus and attention by listening carefully and remembering the right motion
A game to develop students' memory and attention by remembering what you're supposed to do while doing a different motion.
Develop students’ intellectual humility through concept mapping
Students practice appreciating the body’s processes in a deeply mindful way.
Help students understand that mistakes are important for learning and growing our intelligence