This is an incredible resource for any teacher thinking about incorporating explicit teaching about social skills into their curriculum. Middlesex Regional School System has developed a comprehensive K-12 curriculum on social skills; including lessons, materials, tools, and connections to standards. Take pieces of them or implement all that are relevant to your grade level!
Character.org offers awesome lesson plans that build students' understanding of morality as well as content and literacy skills. This lesson plan is an example of the well developed material they offer. Great critical thinking questions for students.
In this blog post, a kindergarten teachers shares the strategies she uses to start introducing and building emotional intelligence in her students. The strategies can be used in other grades, and may be particularly helpful with Special Education students.
Doug Lemov is pretty awesome - I find his strategies so effective and easy to implement. In this blog post, he examines this question, " If you had to choose between a) increasing your students’ skills and knowledge and b) increasing their self-esteem, which would you choose?” It made me question whether I was increasing grit and tenacity in my students in the most effective way.
This article explores how educators sometimes enable students NOT to learn character traits that are essential to their development as good humans. This gave me good reminders about why being consistent and steadfast is important and why other traps can be easy to fall into.
One thing I have struggled with is how to keep students in a productive struggling space while ensuring that they don't get too frustrated and give up - either with academics or in social situations. This video shows a second grade teacher supporting her students to understand that the struggle is part of the process. I found the debrief questions she posed to students, as well as the way she drew on students thoughts, to be a great model for helping students develop growth mindsets.