Creative SEL: Using Hands-On Projects to Boost Social-Emotional Learning

ISTE. Apr. 2023. 256p. pap. $34.99. ISBN 9781564849496.
Meeting at the intersection of social-emotional and hands-on learning, this title provides 32 ready-to-use activities for teachers. Five chapters focus on SEL learning competencies of self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management, and relationship skills. Each chapter provides several lessons contributed by educators exploring that skill. These lessons are aligned with the ISTE standards and include suggestions for differentiation and culturally responsive teaching connections. The activities emphasize creativity and include a range of end products that incorporate technology in an engaging and student-driven way. While the lessons range from short activities to multi-class projects, teachers, librarians, school counselors, and others in a school community could easily adapt these to their needs. The majority of activities are directed at upper elementary students and older, though they are flexible based on age and the technology available. The book also includes several “think-tac-toe” choice boards that incorporate things like movement breaks and meditation.
VERDICT Designed with creativity in mind, these thoughtfully crafted SEL lessons are easy to integrate into the classroom.

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