In my search, I picked up Tara Flippos book, Social and Emotional Learning in Action: Experiential Activities to Positively Impact School Climate. Tara tells us, "Social and Emotional Learning in Action (SELA) is an easy-to-use sourcebook [a 36-lesson progression] facilitated by teaching and/or counseling practitioners primarily in school settings." Each lesson (for the most part) has two activities and a debrief process. It's a nice progression of community-building activities and when you know and understand the CASEL.org framework and the five competency areas, you can blend the SEL language into the lessons.
Traditionally, I then question participants by asking them something like, "Jennifer, you rated communication an eight. What would the group have to do to get a score of nine?" Same with the other end of the scale. "Felix, what would it take from the group for you to give them a three?" I don't ask for BIG leaps, just, what would it take to go up one number - baby steps.
Sometimes it's just the simply things that can light a new path. Come to think of it, it's often the simple things that lead to the biggest changes.
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Chris Cavert, Ed.D.