Five Core Competencies of SEL
SEL Check-In Resources
- Daily/Weekly Check In Surveys
- Feelings Tracker
- Discussion/Circle Sharing
- Glows/Grows Reflection
- Reflect, Check, and Get Set
- SEL Exit Tickets
Words of Caution About Regular Check-Ins
SEL check-ins are great, but they can come with their complications as well. Think through your procedures and make sure you are prepared for what you are going to do if a student is not well:
- Be ready to refer students in need of extra support to their school counselor or social worker.
- Never put off an immediate concern until later. If there is an immediate crisis or serious concern that is disclosed, notify your administrator ASAP.
Tier 1- Universal (Core) Supports
- Tier 1 Core Universal Teaching Practices for SEL.
- AVID Schoolwide.
- Provide venues for students to reflect on their experiences and what they learned about themselves during the pandemic, either through journal writing, artwork, music, or other creative outlets.
- Make learning collaborative.
- Use digital tools from AVID that encourage collaboration and relational capacity building.
- Create a safe learning environment by developing classroom norms or social contract.
- Foster student agency (the ability to address difficult situations by activating coping skills) through a gradual release of responsibility model.
- Allow for student choice and voice in how they will learn.
- Student-led progress monitoring.
- Use "Coping Cards" to remind students of their own coping skills.
- Teach daily/weekly intentional SEL lessons Catch My Breath (K-12) | Centervention (K-12) | Choose Love Movement (K-12) | Everfi (K-12) | Sanford Harmony (Pre-K-6) | Random Acts of Kindness (K-12) | Second Step (K-8)
- Use ideas from this comprehensive SEL Toolkit.
- Focus on building relational capacity.
Tier 2- Targeted Supports
- Differentiate instruction to meet various needs of students and honor individual student strengths.
- Group students together who need to work on similar skills or work through similar challenges. Topics might include:
- Work with the school counselor to set up small group counseling sessions.
- Create mentor-based supports (pairing students with a more knowledgeable other who can help).
- Create self-monitoring opportunities such as:
o Class Pass or Calming Corner
Tier 3- Intensive Supports
- Work one-on-one with individual students who are struggling to overcome difficult challenges.
- Work with a school counselor or social worker to plan individual student meetings/sessions or to refer a student to outside support services.
- Engage families in a conversation about SEL and learning strategies.