Even creative teachers of older students may find this book a powerful tool. The book closes with a beautiful and courageous reminder that SEL is ultimately not about academic achievement, college entrance, or job skills: it’s about love, “the fabric of our lives.” And while SEL strategies may be beneficial, Srinivasan argues that “if the teachers employing these strategies aren’t coming from a place of love, then they will ultimately be futile.”. The solution is empathy, for yourself and others. The fight results in both children going their separate ways and trying to play by themselves. Boaler identifies the ways school systems perpetuate a “fixed-brain” orientation (“I can’t learn this!”) by grouping, tracking, and labeling students, potentially resulting in damaging beliefs and lowered expectations that inhibit their learning. Social-emotional learning is fast becoming a bedrock of modern approaches to education. Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Middle School With Diverse Books. She describes how a simple mindfulness practice can draw on foundational cognitive skills—working memory, flexible shifting of attention, and emotion regulation—as well as the ways it can feed student motivation, inquiry, and interest. And many girls in Ghana and South Africa also miss school every month simply because they lack basic resources—including access to sanitary napkins and flushing toilets. You will also learn how mindfulness practices can encourage kindness, connection, hope, and purpose among students and school staff alike. Not so if you teach at the secondary level, where the gap in SEL materials is conspicuous. Others approached well-being from a larger societal perspective, arguing that we should address difficult subjects with students head-on—such as race, gender identity, and climate—and broaden our definition of school achievement for girls, many of whom face horrifically unsafe conditions in their schools every day. There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi The author argues that mindfulness isn’t a gimmick or quick fix, but “here and now attention with attitude”—a “find out for yourself” attitude of curiosity, openness, acceptance, and exploration. One in three girls in South Africa report being raped in or near schools (one-third of whom acknowledge sexual assaults by their teachers). This is exactly what authors and mindfulness experts Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen have accomplished in their book Alphabreaths. Sure, there’s no need to negotiate with another person, but there’s also less fun when experiencing something alone. Teaching social skills and emotional literacy in the classroom builds vocabulary and language, as well as skills to handle everyday situations in a healthy way. The story begins with Matthew and Tilly playing together happily, but they get into an argument over a crayon. Negative self-talk is a plague on our society, ruining the lives of those who would otherwise be perfectly adequate people. As a former high school teacher and district-level SEL leader and trainer, Meena Srinivasan takes on the challenge of filling this gap through SEL Every Day—a highly readable guide that abounds in practical suggestions that educators can implement tomorrow. As a teacher, you may long to read up on new ideas for your classroom, but with the demands on your time this amounts to nothing more than a fantasy. More than anything, these deeply moving and highly practical essays demonstrate that there is no way around this process except through it, and that all educators—even those with a great deal of experience—are struggling. Letourneau’s purpose in this book is to teach children the value of perseverance and overcoming challenges. The story is set around the tale of a black girl called Tilly and a white boy named Matthew. Support preteens and teens in your social and emotional learning curriculum and program with books that build a positive sense of self. Who knew breathing could be so imaginative—and fun? Mindfulness has much to offer students and schools, Broderick argues. Brackett’s own childhood struggle with bullying and mental health—and his emotionally healing relationship with his uncle—inspired him to study emotions. What if we didn't take good things for granted, and recognized all the kindness we receive from others? What are some good books for social-emotional learning? Not so if you teach at the secondary level, where the gap in SEL materials is conspicuous. These books help kids to understand and navigate the difficult world of emotions and social communication skills. Picture books about emotion and social-emotional issues can help kids think deeply about feelings and social issues. © 2020 Education Lifeskills. They should be viewed as valuable information and an incentive to change one’s behavior or outlook, not an indication of some personal lack of worth. I love to use books as examples to teach certain skills and illustrate emotions. For schools and educators who have taken up the gauntlet to prioritize student well-being, we on the GGSC’s education team hope these books offer you some insight and practical strategies for this challenging but very rewarding journey. Read. If you are an elementary school educator in search of a social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, you have an abundance of choice. And my personal favorite, S for “Superhero Breath,” encourages kind and helpful action as readers imagine themselves as a superhero on the in-breath and imagine how they will help someone on the out-breath.