Utilize the Emozi® middle school SEL lessons to help students be successful as they "Get Ready! Get Set! Go!" back to in-person learning.
As many schools plan for a return to in-person instruction next year, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of Emozi® program lessons and resources to help start the school year off right.
The best part is that most of these materials are included in the purchase of your classroom implementation package (CIP) or available with your complimentary access to the online support materials!
First, if you haven’t done so already, make sure to complete a social emotional (SEL) evaluation for each student. This will give you a baseline to know where your students are when they return to the classroom. You can do it again mid-year as an optional checkpoint, but don’t forget to do it again at the end of the year to see how far your students have progressed in their SEL growth.
For students in grades 6-8, use the DESSA-mini that is included in your CIP. If you need to order additional copies, you can do so here for the baseline and here for the end-of-year evaluation.
To help re-establish class norms, you may wish to consider the Grade 6, Unit 2, Lesson 10 is on Rules.
Review the SCOPE Strategy from Lesson 1 in all grades to help reacquaint students with self-control strategies and feeling identification.
Students may need the opportunity to get to know each other better and become reacquainted with working together. Check out these lessons:
- Making and Maintaining Friendships in Grade 6, Unit 2, Lesson 9
- Teamwork and Collaboration in Grade 6, Unit 1, Lesson 9 and Grade 7, Unit 1, Lesson 8
- Grade 8, Unit 2 Lesson 5 is all about being a Team Player
We know that talking to students about how they’re feeling is important, for a guide to doing this, try Grade 7, Unit 3, Lesson 8 on Emotional Awareness.
Some students may need a refresher on prosocial skills, such as sharing, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and decision-making. You'll find these lessons helpful:
- Conflict in Grade 7, Unit 1, Lesson 11 and Grade 8, Unit 2, Lesson 9
- Problem Solving in Grade 8, Unit 1, Lesson 4
- Decision-Making in Grade 6, Unit 2, Lesson 10
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