Tips for Educators:Supporting SEL Development During Distance Learning - Changing Perspectives

Select Weekly Themes

SEL is a complex concept to teach. While students are adjusting to the distance learning model and home life in a different way, the best way to teach SEL skills successfully is using an intentional, targeted approach. By selecting a theme or core competency for the week, you can easily communicate to students and parents what they will be working on across several days. Then, share a specific activity that can be accomplished each day.

Offer Short, Manageable Activities

When assigning SEL activities to students in the distance learning model, ensure that the activities are short (no more than 20 minutes), explicit, and manageable so they can be completed within a day. Without the daily structure of school, ongoing activities may be more challenging for students to complete.

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Keep It Relevant

Assign SEL activities that are relevant to what is going on in students’ lives right now. Given the pandemic, students are struggling to understand what is happening around them. Striving for relevancy ensures that students are supported in the here and now while simultaneously building skills for life success.

Vary SEL Activities

To keep students engaged, make sure to vary the types of activities you offer to them. Distance learning is very different than teaching in a regular classroom. When you mix up the activities daily, students can look forward to new opportunities. Consider a range of activities such as books, role playing, videos, written responses, and more.

Here is a list of activities to support Social-Emotional Learning.

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