4 Counseling Activities to Promote SEL
Our emotions and relationships affect what we learn and how we put our learnings to practice in our various environments: work, family, and community contexts. Emotions can enable us to generate an active interest in learning and sustain our engagement in it. Additionally, unmanaged stress and poor regulation of impulses interfere with attention and memory and contribute to behaviors disruptive to learning.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an opportunity for collaboration between school counselors and teachers because many of the challenges that counselors face are similar to the challenges that educators face in the classroom. Here are 4 useful counseling activities to promote SEL. With information of Concordia University Portland:
Tool: Eldventir SEL Platform.
How to use: Teaching students deep breathing relaxation techniques during the height of anxious feelings can be difficult but through an innovative digital platform, Eldventir Adventures, your students will learn to identify when they are angry, and how to calm themselves through relaxation techniques described step by step in Eldventir SEL platform https://eldventir.com/en/ With Eldventir, students develop and practice socioemotional skills such as anger management, positive relationships, empathy, and responsible decision making.
Debrief: Students develop pro-social behaviors and attitudes that lead to positive relationships and a healthy climate in and outside the classroom.
Identifying and celebrating the best in others
Tool: Characters from their favorite TV/ Netflix series.
How to use it: The characters of your students’ favorite series usually represent some of the best and most challenging aspects of humanity. Reflect with students on aspects such as when each character decides to act on their own, it usually ends in failure, but when the characters work together, they always achieve the best results. The same happens with teamwork.
Debrief: Engage students in a discussion about each of the characters, helping them to understand how teams can work well together.
How to use: Hold one end of the rubber band while the student holds the other. Pull the rubber band as far back as the tension will allow. Then inform the student that you will be releasing the rubber band (they will start bracing for the snap). Count to three, and then gently bring the rubber band back to its original position.
Debrief: Explain to the student that relationships, including your own, can have tension, but through the development of skills such as empathy, respect, anger management and problem-solving, we can establish much more positive relationships with others.
Analyzing the consequences of anger
Tool: Coke bottle, Sprite bottle, and a water bottle
How to use: The Coke bottle can represent cloudy thinking, preventing our ability to see/understand clearly. It can also represent anger. The water bottle can represent clear thinking or the calm version of ourselves. The Sprite bottle represents the appearance of thinking clearly and/or calmly, but if shaken up, it can make just as much of a mess as the Coke bottle.
Debrief: Use this tool to help students identify how they are feeling and the consequences of their actions based on their feelings.
Eldventir Adventures is a digital solution to social-emotional learning. The digital platform enhances the development of SEL skills for middle-school students to overcome social-emotional challenges. For further information about SEL learning, please visit Eldventir and firstname.lastname@example.org to run a free pilot within your community. Learn more here.