Teaching Social-Emotional Competence: A Video Collection

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Teachers can support healthy social and emotional development in their students when they model how to express and communicate emotions in an appropriate way.

In these videos from our editorial partner The Teaching Channel, peek into other teachers' classrooms as they demonstrate strategies they use to foster social and emotional learning. Teachers share how they incorporate mindfulness into a variety of subjects to teach students about self-awareness, self-management, decisionmaking, and relationship skills.

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This collection of short clips covers relaxation strategies, student check-ins, and classroom management tips to support social-emotional literacy and more. Head to Teaching Channel's full site for more videos of classroom teachers in action.


Using Guided Relaxation in the Classroom

A 5th grade English teacher guides her students through breathing exercises and other types of relaxation techniques to help them focus in the classroom.


Checking In on Students' Emotional Health

A quick exercise can help students develop social-emotional literacy, while giving teachers a chance to assess their students' moods.


Building Emotional Literacy

A prekindergarten teacher teaches her students to identify and describe feelings. In this video, students work to develop an understanding of what different emotions look like.


Mindfulness in the Classroom

Incorporating mindfulness activities into classroom routines can help students self-reflect as they learn. Students who are more aware of their thoughts and emotions are more productive and engaged.


A Classroom Strategy: Respectful Talk

A 4th and 5th grade teacher models respectful dialogue to prepare students for college and careers. She encourages her students to address one another by name and provides sentence starters to help them seamlessly build on each other's ideas, ask questions, and participate in collaborative discussions.


How to Teach Poetry Using Imagery and Emotions

Elementary students compare and contrast two Langston Hughes poems by doing a line-by-line analysis of each poem. Students learn how to analyze imagery, figurative language, and their own emotions when reading the poems.

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