Social-Emotional Learning Challenge

Social-Emotional Learning Challenge

Starting back to school is certainly a CHALLENGE this year, and you may wonder why I may suggest you take a leap into another CHALLENGE, but it's an important one that can help your students with Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).

 Writing and journaling is a great strategy for working through emotions, ideas, and thoughts. There are several ways you can put together a journaling challenge for all grades. One of the easiest is to use a site like for prompts.

Daily writing in a relaxed format provides a non-threatening way to be able to explore different thoughts, ideas, topics, and feelings without being concerned about audience presentation. It can be a low-stake writing assignment that opens up to deep conversations.

Educators and parents can start by offering a daily prompt to get students writing routinely. Another strategy is to have them write friendly letters to you or to other classmates...remember having a pen pal?

This simple process will not only help for SEL, but students continue to build necessary skills, including critical thinking skills. 

Make it fun...with this PBS Video - you can learn that having a pen pal, either in a different country or just a town away, will help students practice skills in literacy, writing, and geography. For tips on helping your child craft the perfect pen pal letter go to:

The idea is to allow students to process what is going on around them, what they are feeling, and how to problem-solve.

It's time to put pen to paper...

Until next time...





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