Prepping Students for the Real World: Tips to Make It Happen

Today’s classroom has changed dramatically. It’s no longer focused solely on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Instead, it’s about preparing students for the real world. Parents aren’t as hands-on as they once were, which means that teachers have to step up so that students are ready to handle everything that will be thrown at them in high school and beyond.

There are some tips that can help you prepare your students for the real world. The SEL Adventures platform provides an array of skills-based lessons, too, allowing you to promote a positive school climate.

Focus on Personal Confidence

Not all students are naturally confident. However, when you implement various lessons in the classroom that will boost their confidence, this feeling will be carried with them everywhere they go. Make sure that you don’t allow students to tease during presentations. Give every student the opportunity to shine, even if it means doing several projects so that students can find one that includes their strengths.

With more personal confidence in the classroom comes a louder voice in the real world. They’ll stand up for themselves, do better with job interviews, and have better relationships with co-workers.

Manage Anger

You have likely experienced one or more students that have anger issues. They’re mad at the world, and they take it out on everyone that they know. Anger management is a necessary skill for the real world. Otherwise, it can lead to road rage once they get their driver’s license, the possibility for imprisonment, and so much more.

SEL Adventures provides you with lessons that are focused on anger-management. Resources such as videos, comics, and role-playing can be used so that students know how to manage their anger effectively.

Teach Morale-Based Decision Making

There’s a right and a wrong decision that can be made in virtually every aspect of life. Middle school is often the time when students begin to learn ethics and morality, even if they don’t realize it yet. Through storytelling, storyboards, concept maps, and more, you have the ability to teach students how to make better decisions. This will go a long way in the real world as they can live more balanced lives that don’t put them on the wrong side of the law.

If parents are too busy to teach social-emotional skills, it falls back on the teachers. The best way for them to acquire the skills is through practice. SEL Adventures is a classroom-based, online platform that can emulate positive behaviors and provide plenty of lessons to help them along the way. As they learn empathy, anger management, responsible decision making, and more, you can gain confidence that they will know how to act properly once they get into the real world.

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Explore What the New SEL Adventures Website Has to Offer

SEL Adventures is excited to launch a new website, focusing on how changing a student’s behavior can impact their lives. Social-emotional learning is implemented through the SEL Adventures platform, all backed by the core CASEL competencies.

Our website includes a lot of statistics to ensure that schools see the value in introducing SEL skills in the classroom. For example, SEL skills can lead to a 13% higher academic performance. High school graduation rates can increase by as high as 6%, too.

What is EdTech?

SEL Adventures is the perfect example of EdTech, otherwise known as Educational Technology. It allows teachers to focus on social-emotional challenges inside of the classroom.

There are a few unique aspects of the SEL Adventures Model:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Gamified learning experience
  • Performance SEL tracker

Further, the SEL Adventures model has been recognized by the “Safer Schools in America Impact Grant” initiative.

The Programs

We have added a number of programs to our new website, ensuring that there is more for students and teachers alike.

  • School Climate Program (in English and Spanish)
  • Addiction Prevention Program (in English and Spanish)
  • Educators SEL Program

Implementation is of the utmost importance. Teachers will have tools that will help them to analyze and modify behavior in the classroom. The program is designed to be used weekly or biweekly for 50-minute sessions.

Middle school students can benefit from the classroom program by learning about empathy, decision making, anger management, and positive relationships.

In order to test out the programs and meet the SEL Adventures characters, a demo can be requested. All of the SEL Adventures characters are based on mythology and are easily relatable to middle school students. Due to the fantasy aspect, students are immediately drawn into the lessons.

The platform can be accessed via laptops, PCs, and tablets. It offers flexibility and lessons can be implemented without significant preparation, ensuring that teachers don’t have to spend hours on activity planning.

Resources

Our new SEL Adventures SEL platform website offers a significant amount of resources. If you have been looking for SEL training materials to introduce into a school district, a school, or a classroom, we have all of the information you need in order to present SEL Adventures to the decision makers. This includes a Slideshow for the Principal and Teacher, white papers, and, of course, our blog.

We can’t wait to unveil the new website, providing you with more resources and more information about the various programs. Middle school students can get the training that they need while having fun with the material. Stay tuned for more about the website launch date.

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