Social and Emotional Learning
During this challenging time of navigating COVID-19 precautionary measures, there is significant uncertainty and disruption to our daily routines. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides an opportunity to not only build school-based skills such as communication, teamwork, and valuing the perspective of others but likewise allows us to build greater resilience, mindfulness, and the ability to manage stress during challenging times. In other words, we need SEL now more than ever and our Dallas ISD SEL Department has collected a number of relevant resources for parents, caregivers, and students to use at home.
Teacher Appreciation Week
SEL At Home Activities
Strengthening Relationships at Home
Ten Things to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home (in English and Spanish).
Print and use a Mood Meter for daily check-in to ask how your child is feeling.
How are you feeling about not going to school due to the coronavirus?
Can you name one act of kindness you showed today?
Can you name one act of kindness you have seen on TV?
What is one thing you miss about going to school?
What is one thing that you did today that you are proud of?
If we could move your current learning environment from the house where would you move it to?
Parent Toolkit has videos and conversation starters appropriate for each grade level.
Stress Relieving and Calming Practices
Create a calming area in your home where your child can read, rest, and refocus.
Feeling antsy or just need a change of pace? David Sladkey has created a wonderful blog with lots of ideas for brain breaks (Energizing brain breaks).
GoNoodle | GoNoodle makes mindfulness and movement an integral part of the day, at school and at home. Sign up for a free account, using Dallas ISD / your campus name.
Social and Emotional Learning Booklist & Videos
Social and Emotional Learning Booklist by Publisher’s Weekly (Dallas Public Library has some e-books and audio books availability online).
Videos to stimulate thought and conversations (secondary only):
- Prioritize regular self-care: we cannot take care of others if we are not taking care of ourselves. Self-care is valuable and a worthwhile investment of our time.
- Take breaks! Remember that students and adults need regular breaks.
- Deep breathing and mindfulness activities are helpful for resetting your focus as well as navigating feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Check-in often on your friends, family, and neighbors. We’re all in this together and, even if we can’t be physically close to each other, we can continue to build strong relationships despite COVID-19 concerns and precautions.