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Addressing SEL Through Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards can be powerful, eye-catching tools that communicate information and celebrate student learning. Have you ever thought about using them to help support students' social-emotional needs? Join us as we discover unique bulletin board ideas and best practices for creating boards that promote SEL, inclusiveness, and make a positive impact.

Introduction to Flip

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is an interactive and engaging tool that is perfect for communication and creative expression. In this session, we will explore how to get started with this platform, examine several of the key features, and show you how to create fun activities for your students.

Tools to Alleviate Back to School Anxiety

Educators are key players when it comes to helping students cope with back-to-school anxiety. Join us for this course as we explore techniques for educators to recognize the signs of student distress and how to guide them through anxiety. We'll show you ways to ensure your students thrive over the course of the academic school year. You may even find that some of these strategies can help you to address some of your own start-of-the-year anxieties too!

Love YourSELFie with Jamboard

Are you looking for a unique way to engage your students with social-emotional learning activities? Jamboard is the perfect tool for creating unique learning and self-reflection opportunities. In this session, we will explore the importance of integrating SEL into daily lessons for your early elementary students. We will also dive into specific activities and templates that can be created with Jamboard. Join us for some great ideas to help your students gain self-esteem and build confidence!

Creating a Culture of Kindness in the Early Childhood Classroom

As educators, we know the importance of building a positive classroom community. A major part of bringing this practice to life is teaching our students the importance of kindness and treating one another with respect. In this session, we will review the value of creating a culture of kindness at an early age. We will dive into strategies, best practices, and activity ideas to get your students motivated to connect with one another in meaningful ways. We will also explore relevant children’s literature to spark powerful conversations about kindness both in and out of the classroom. Join us for some tips and tricks for fostering a culture of kindness!

Using Nearpod for Brain Breaks

As educators, we know the value of brain breaks. They allow our students to recharge and get moving. Nearpod adds interactivity to our instruction and provides students with meaningful and engaging tools to keep them motivated. Join us as we discuss tools such as VR field trips, polling, collaboration features, and more for effective brain breaks.

Engaging Activities to Build Classroom Culture

As educators, we know the importance of creating a positive classroom environment right from the start of the school year. As we re-enter the classroom, our goal is to build meaningful relationships and provide our students with a sense of safety and security. In this session, we will explore specific team building activities as well as opportunities for discussion and collaboration. We will also provide tips for creating a positive classroom culture and discuss ideas for building rapport with our students. Let’s start off our year with positivity and classroom community!

Re-Adjusting to the Classroom: Strategies for ELLs

Teachers everywhere will rejoice when they can return to a "normal" classroom. The return to learn is near, but so many new challenges will be presented. For example, how will we best meet the needs of our ELL students? Unlike previous school years, where our ELL students benefited from daily immersion in the English language, they may have only received bits and pieces of English while learning remotely. How can we acclimate our ELL students as they re-adjust to in-person learning? Join us to learn some strategies to best support our ELLs as they re-adjust to the classroom.

Social and Emotional Learning with Pear Deck

Pear Deck is a Google add-on that allows us to transform Google Slides presentations to enhance student engagement and lesson content. Social and emotional learning is an essential part of our daily instruction and it's necessary to provide opportunities for this type of learning throughout our instruction. In this session, we will explore the pre-made social and emotional learning templates available on Pear Deck, and discuss the benefits of check-ins throughout academic lessons. Join us for some unique, ready-to-go SEL lessons!

Self-Assessment and Monitoring Confidence Levels Using Nearpod

Nearpod is a powerful tool for engaging your students in learning. Join us to discuss the benefits of using Nearpod for self-expression. We'll explore quick self-assessments and self-monitoring activities, discuss how to add assessment and critical thinking opportunities into our lessons, and walk you through the steps for including polling and open-ended questions to get students to reflect on the learning process.

Getting Started with Blogger

Blogging is an accessible method of writing and communicating to a wide audience. Join us for this session as we explore Blogger, a platform that allows you to publish and share your own blogs. We will explore the basics, and then talk about how to get started with content creation, and how to engage students across grade levels and subject areas.

SEL in a Socially Distant Classroom

Social distancing can pose an extraordinary challenge for classroom teachers. For educators who regularly relied on group work and activities that got students moving around the room, the prospect of teaching students six feet apart can be quite daunting. Additionally, this experience will be challenging for students as well. In this course, we’ll discuss how to continue social and emotional learning despite these challenges, and cover some tips and strategies to continue group work while keeping your students motivated, focused, and safe.

Social-Emotional Learning for New Teachers

Social-emotional learning is just as important for teachers as it is for students. What can we do to ensure that our mental health and well-being is supported, right from the start of the school year? In this session, we’ll learn the importance of social-emotional learning for educators as well as strategies for handling the stress and unknown of the new school year. We will also dive into specific resources that can help to support both you and your students. Let’s work together to create a positive mindset!

Exploring Social-Emotional Learning Through Games

Looking for a unique way to teach social-emotional learning skills to your students? Games are the perfect way to get your students thinking and expressing themselves creatively! In this session, we’ll talk about the benefits of using games to teach your students a range of social-emotional concepts. We will then dive into specific games and lesson activities that can be shared with your students. Join us as we explore emotion management and social support games that can be done in the classroom or at home!

Creating Digital Time Capsules for Social-Emotional Learning

Digital time capsules are a creative way to engage our students in social-emotional learning. In this session, we will learn about a unique method for journaling as well as  the benefits of writing on a digital platform. We will also explore multiple methods for creating time capsules as well as reflecting on the value of creating personal artifacts!

Getting Started With ClassDojo

In light of the times we are living in, teachers continue to search for effective distance learning tools and platforms.  Join us as we explore the basics of using ClassDojo, a free school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom home through photos, videos, and messages.  We will cover creating an account, setting-up your class, inviting students and parents, and finally take a look at what students see on their screens.

Creating Self-Portraits for Social-Emotional Learning Using Google Drawings

Are you looking for a creative activity to bring to your students? Join us as we explore how to create self-portraits online using Google Drawings. We will discuss how this project can teach your students vital social-emotional skills to help them academically and emotionally. We will also discuss unique ways to get students creating and reflecting on their self-portrait design.

Creating Student Voice with Flip

Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.

How can we, as educators, promote student voice and self-expression? There are several strategies for promoting student voice in the classroom environment. Join us as we explore Flip (formerly Flipgrid) — an engaging and empowering tool that is perfect for having your students express themselves creatively. Using this interactive tool, we will show you how your students can record and share ideas, videos, and stories. We will also dive into how educators can utilize this digital tool to create weekly reflections, discussion groups, and explore numerous topics. Watch as confidence and storytelling skills blossom!