Of course, children often feel lost! Do you remember your early days – or years! – at school?! Pretty overwhelming!
Hope Rising has updated its ‘My Best Me’ SEL curriculum with age-appropriate exercises designed to help school-aged children recognize, develop, and strengthen their identities/characters from an early age. Children often get confused by having to please different groups: parents, teachers, and peers. This can distract them from focusing on their own character, abilities, and potential, to the detriment of both their mental health and their academic performance.
You want lesson plans that speak to these kids, developed by an organization that has devoted years of research to the topic.
Check it out at https://hoperisingsel.com
The nonprofit educational organization’s revised social-emotional learning curriculum is inspired by the science of hope and is based on the latest evidence-based research on the best strategies to promote healthy child development. SEL does not allow trophies for participation, but rather encourages students to test themselves by setting and achieving meaningful, real-world goals. Additionally, lesson plans help teachers foster positive relationships with their students, promoting a more respectful and trusting learning environment that allows children to grow.
SEL researchers believe that when educators cultivate a caring school environment and teach basic social skills, children learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, behave more responsibly, and refrain from negative behaviors. This can lead to a virtuous cycle where positive interactions lead to more positive interactions, fostering a climate of mutual respect and enjoyment between students and teachers, building bonds and inspiring both parties to perform at the highest level.
You can view a sample lesson from ‘My Best Me’ at https://info.hoperisingsel.com/social-emotional-learning-sample
To track the growth of hope in students, the Hope Rising curriculum includes a pre- and post-curricular assessment of hope, called The Hope Survey. The purpose of this six-question self-report tool based on research by Dr. Chan Hellman, a pioneer in the field and a member of the organization’s board, is to gauge a student’s level of hope before beginning the program. After completing the curriculum, schools and teachers can see how much a student’s hope has increased over time.
Hope Rising’s ‘My Best Me’ curriculum includes print and digital texts with lessons that allow teachers educational flexibility based on the goals of that school district. Each lesson in the digital texts includes a printable lesson summary for parents and an editable copy of the student worksheet that the teacher can print or download.
If you would like to purchase the lesson plans, you can go to https://hoperisingsel.com/purchase
The digital book is very easy to use and includes many tools to help students learn, including highlighted terms that provide definitions, video links, and easy-to-read lessons. Along with access to the hope survey and training videos, teachers also have the ability to choose what students see through digital text.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, teacher, school supervisor, or just a member of the community: everyone has a stake in the future of children.
Go to https://hoperisingsel.com/the-case-for-sel and see why over 90% of teachers think SEL is important.