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Social and Emotional Learning in Action

Experiential Activities to Positively Impact School Climate

Tara Flippo

Social and Emotional Learning in Action(SELA) is an easy to use sourcebook facilitated by teaching and/or counseling practitioners primarily in school settings. The pedagogical basis for these lessons are shaped around the research findings of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), indicating that the inclusion of social and emotional development programs positively affect academic achievement. CASEL has identified five interrelated cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. SELA will be address all five. SELA will provide a developmentally sequenced year-long/ modular flow or stand-alone lessons that integrate the benefits of experiential and social emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom. Each lesson (36 total) will offer step-by-step instructions along with a materials list. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 192Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-1-4758-2082-9 • Paperback • March 2016 • $22.00 • (£14.95)
978-1-4758-2083-6 • eBook • April 2016 • $20.00 • (£13.95)
Tara Flippo has worked with youth/students and administered experiential education programing since 1993. She is professor of Outdoor Education in the Department of Kinesiology, at the University of New Hampshire and Youth Director at The Browne Center for Innovative Learning.
Lesson 1: Bumpity Bump Bump – Commonalities – Categories
Lesson 2: Cross Town Connection – What’s in a Name – Have You Ever
Lesson 3: Knee Tag – Comfort Zones – Full Value Concepts – Group Juggle
Lesson 4: Full Value Speed Rabbit – The Being – Decision Thumbs
Lesson 5: Look Up, Look Down – Robot – Paired Trust Walk – Sherpa Walk – FVC Debrief
Lesson 6: Everybody’s Up – Trust Leans – Wind in the Willows – Pair Share
Lesson 7: Hog Call – Trust Wave – Trust Run – Woofs & Wags
Lesson 8: Moonball – On Target – Odometer
Lesson 9: Elevator Air – Communication Breakdown – Nuggets
Lesson 10: Creating a Feelings Chart – Emotion Charades – Balloon Trolleys – Group Reflection
Lesson 11: Caught Ya’ Peekin – Lego Statue – Plus/Delta
Lesson 12: Salt’n’Pepper – Turnstile – 1,2,3=20 – Pass the Knot
Lesson 13: Silent Group Line Up – Warp Speed – Star Wars – Continuum
Lesson 14: World Championship – Group Black Jack – Change Up – Deck of Cards
Lesson 15: Whoa Am I? – Virtual Slideshow – Did Ya? Debrief
Lesson 16: Gotcha FVC review – Stargate – The Being Revisited
Lesson 17: Chicken Baseball – How Do You Do? – I’m OK, You’re OK? Tag – Goal Mapping – Gallery Walk of Goals
Lesson 18: My Qualities – Stepping Stones – Small Group Questions
Lesson 19: Velcro Circle – Hidden Polygon – Blind Polygon – One Word Whip
Lesson 20: Protector – Balloon Frantic – Pair-Share
Lesson 21: Everybody’s Up – Levitation – Trust Fall – Continuum
Lesson 22: Psychic Handshake – Orient the Square – Negotiation Square – Human Camera
Lesson 23: Goal Pair-Share – Mass Pass – Visioning Path – Bucket Full of Ideas
Lesson 24: Car & Driver – Don’t Break the Ice – Leadership Pi Chart
Lesson 25: Front/Back/Left/Right – Instigator – Pitfall – Minefield Object
Lesson 26: Your Add – Key Punch – Plus/Delta
Lesson 27: Circle the Circle – Portable Porthole – Passenger, Crew, Captain
Lesson 28: Triangle Tag – Alphabet Soup-Fastback –Tic Tac Toe
Lesson 29: Back to Back Draw – Bridge It – Headliners
Lesson 30: Tarp Toss – Turn over a New Leaf – Concentric Circles
Lesson 31: Team Tag – Knot My Problem – Pass the Knot
Lesson 32: Thumb Wrestling – Rob the Nest/Share the Wealth – Hoop Scoot
Lesson 33: Evolution – Toxic Waste – Pipe Cleaners
Lesson 34: Transformer Tag – Pathways – Small Group Questions
Lesson 35: Great Egg Drop – FVC debrief
Lesson 36: Survival Kit – Warm Fuzzies – Letter to Self
Appendix A – Have Your Ever Cards
Appendix B – Odometer Dials
Appendix C – On Target Rules
Appendix D – Feelings Chart
Appendix E – Warp Speed Rules
Appendix F – ANCDE Decision Making
Appendix G – SEL Skill Cards
Appendix H – Goal Mapping Worksheet
Appendix I – My Qualities Cards
Appendix J – Key Punch Rules
Appendix K – Plus/Delta Worksheet
Appendix L – Back to Back Draw
Appendix M – Orignal Source for previously Published Activities
Appendix N – Reference List
Appendix O – SELA Equipment Purchase Lists
Appendix P – SELA Logic Model
This book fits a very specific need: sequenced lessons to teach and reinforce social and emotional competencies to secondary students. This progression of 36, hands-on lessons are well-designed for middle and high schoolers; teachers and other practitioners will be able to pick up this book and immediately put it into action, allowing students to experientially develop social and emotional skills.
Alison Rheingold, director of professional learning, Christa McAuliffe Charter School, Framingham, MA

This book is an excellent resource for educators as they create learning opportunities that help students build social and emotional intelligence. Blending theory and standards for Social Emotional Learning with engaging and well sequenced experiential activities Social and Emotional Learning in Action provides the tools to develop a classroom community where everyone can realize their potential.
Carla Hacker, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse graduate faculty, Madison Metropolitan School District: former teacher of adventure based experiential education, Madison, WI

Social emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for individual growth, relationships, and ethical decision making. This book supports educators to not only talk about skills and concepts with students, but provides activities from which to jumpstart relevant exploration and useful application of SEL. Our students - and ultimately our world - can only benefit from this active and vibrant approach to developing these skills and attitudes.
Laurie Frank, author, “Journey Toward the Caring Classroom”; owner/director of GOAL Consulting,Madison, WI

Social-Emotional Learning in Action should be on the bookshelf of every teacher, counselor, and group facilitator. The activities are well sequenced, easy to implement, and powerfully designed to build group trust, respect, and efficacy. This book is a go-to resource for helping students of all ages become their best selves.

Libby Woodfin, director of publications, EL Education, Amherst, MA; author of multiple books including, “Management in the Active Classroom”