Category Archives: SEL News

10 Things to Teach Children About Cyberbullying

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We already know that kids are spending a lot more time in front of screens.  Smartphones provide a great outlet for connecting with friends.  However, learning to disconnect and set boundaries for tech time is only one part of practicing … READ MORE

6 Ways to Balance Device Screen Time

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Smartphones and Distraction: 6 Ways to Balance Device Screen Time Today’s flood of digital distractions can keep us from staying focused on teaching, learning, and connecting with the people around us. Being truly present in our environment and engaged in … READ MORE

5 Tips to Improve Your Digital Well-being During COVID-19

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How do we maintain a healthy relationship with technology during a pandemic? The worldwide health crisis disrupted how we socially interact, transformed the workplace, and shifted classrooms. Educators, students, and parents were forced to quickly adopt virtual learning, where navigating … READ MORE

14 fun SEL activities to bring families together during COVID-19

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Respectful Ways is pleased to offer this checklist of fun activities that children of all ages can do with the whole family. These activities foster creativity, discussions, imagination and growth. Your family will get to know each other better — … READ MORE

9 reasons your students need Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs – now more than ever

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There’s a lot of buzz around social emotional learning programs, but are they worth the investment? A growing body of research shows measurable academic, behavioral, personal, and social benefits– even more critical when students are living in the time of … READ MORE

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How Trauma-Sensitive Learning Is Continuing Online

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When the threat of COVID-19 arrived, schools responded quickly. Principals made announcements, administrators hustled, and teachers developed lesson plans. In a matter of days, students were learning from home.  But as any instructor knows, academic content represents a single facet … READ MORE

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Free Social-Emotional Learning Worksheets for Home Use During COVID-19

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Social-Emotional Learning is year-round, and most effective when it is reinforced at home. Respectful Ways is giving away access to some of our most popular discussion-and-activity worksheets from our SEL curriculum: Home Connects! Home Connects printouts describe what your child … READ MORE

Bullying Prevention Starts with the Power of Words: A Printout for Students

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Blog and Poems by Bruce Cabell The Impact! Bullying continues to be an enormous problem. With 95% of U.S. teens connected to the Internet and over 59% being cyber-bullied during their lifetime, there seems to be no end in sight. … READ MORE

Why Words Hurt More Than Sticks and Stones

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Growing research shows that social and emotional trauma in childhood rewires the brain and contributes to PTSD, depression, and substance abuse in adulthood.   As children, many of us learned to protect our feelings with the mantra, “Sticks and stones … READ MORE

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6 Ways Social-Emotional Learning Can Support Trauma-Sensitive Schools

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In our first installment of our series on trauma-sensitive schools, we discovered how common trauma is among school-age children, and how it shapes every dimension of students’ experience. With half of all students suffering some sort of serious trauma, it … READ MORE

Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools

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How many students do you think are dealing with significant traumas in each classroom in America? How many are contending with violence, sexual abuse, chemical dependence, mental health issues, or an incarcerated parent?   When the CDC conducted research on … READ MORE

5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Social Skills Fresh: Print This Summer Guide

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Summertime doesn’t have to mean a slide in personal growth. These fun activities can help kids keep their Social-Emotional Learning fresh over the summer, and learn more about themselves and others along the way. Print this guide to summertime SEL, … READ MORE

What Does It Take to Be Your Best Self?

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What does it take to be your best self when you struggle with mental health issues? The secret lies in getting help, sharing our struggles, and learning to be fully present with past traumas, as artists like Lady Gaga know … READ MORE

How to Train Kids Not to Be Bystanders

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What would it take to end bullying in your school and in your community? Answers vary, but they all include one key ingredient: the community, as a whole, actively discouraging bullying in order to create a culture of care. The … READ MORE

Do Positive Attitudes Really Make a Difference?

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Does seeing the glass half-full benefit us? Does it really make a difference? Could it even disadvantage us? The answers to these questions might come as a surprise. A growing consensus of research shows positive attitudes have a measurable impact … READ MORE