Monthly SEL Themes and Activities for Advisory

Frequent MiddleWeb factor Kasey Short is an English teacher and Director of Middle School Research Studies at Charlotte (NC) Country Day School.
By Kasey Short

Intent vs. Impact– Students will explore numerous scenarios and analyze the intent and impact within those situations and after that go over the concerns listed below:
● What could happen to someones feelings when effect is various from the intent? ● What can you do to assist make sure your effect matches your intent?
April– Social Awareness
Throughout April trainees concentrate on social awareness by practicing social work and spending quality time finding out about and celebrating Earth Day.
May– Celebrate Success
As we finish up the school year, it is an ideal time to commemorate advisory and individual successes.

Kasey Short (@shortisweet3) enjoys to share concepts from her class and writes regularly for MiddleWeb. She went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a bachelor of arts in intermediate school education with a concentration in English and history. She went on to make a masters in curriculum and direction from Winthrop University. Kasey is the Middle School Director of Studies and an 8th Grade English Teacher and Advisor at Charlotte (NC) Country Day School.

Study Strategies– Students brainstorm and discuss strategies and methods for effective and efficient research study time. Trainees are given a list of strategies to attempt and are motivated to share others that have worked for them in the past with the group. They then carry out these techniques for their next significant evaluation and assess how well the methods worked for them.
October– Self Awareness
This months lessons motivate trainees to consider the domino effect of their actions, unify advisory groups around a common goal, and utilize emojis to examine the impact of tone, body language and the distinctions when speaking face to face and digital interaction.
Example Activities:
Sensations Skit– Students are put in small groups and offered a list of feelings words. Trainees then work in their groups to produce acts that show the cause and impacts of feelings.
Advisory Motto– Advisory trainees work together to write a short sentence or expression that encapsulates the beliefs and suitables that they hope will assist their advisory throughout the year. Then students interact to develop a motto poster to show in their classroom. Each trainee includes their comment to the poster, showcasing one method they will work towards fulfilling the motto throughout the year.
Reserve Suggestions
Each Kindness by Jaqueline WoodsonRed: A Crayons Story by Michael Hall
November– Gratitude
Throughout November trainees take time to thank others and review what they are grateful for.
Example Activities:
Thank You Cards– Students hang out writing a thank you card to somebody in their life that they would like to thank.
Appreciation ABCs– Students operate in small groups/partners to note things they are grateful for that correspond to each letter of the alphabet and after that groups share out with the advisory.
Thankfulness Quick Write/Draw– Students take 5 minutes to write and/or sketch as many things that they can believe of they are grateful for. Trainees are encouraged to think of anything from considerable individuals to apparently unimportant however awesome things that make their lives much better.
Reserve Suggestions
Aid: Poems about Giving by John FrankWe Are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

December– Mindfulness
During December students take time to practice various kinds of mindfulness and meditation.
Example Activities:
Mindful Coloring– Provide trainees with a mindful coloring page and coloring utensils and after that provide time to color and assess how they are feeling in addition to on their breath.
Conscious Walk– Take students outdoors and instruct them to walk calmly and while they are strolling to focus on their breath and if they discover their mind questioning to refocus their attention to their breath and to observe their feet hitting the ground.
Schedule Suggestions
Mindfulness for Kids in 10 Minutes a Day by Maura Bradley (This book is filled with short activities to practice mindfulness with students.) My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard
January– Growth Mindset
Students start the brand-new fiscal year creating a development frame of mind mantra, commemorate errors, and assess the end of the very first semester and create objectives for the 2nd half of the school year.
Example Activities:
Development Mindset Mantra– Students examine a list of development mindset mantras and picked one or write among their own to be their development state of mind mantra for the new year. When picking the mantra, they will believe about what they hope for themselves in the new year and how the mantra may help them achieve their goals.
Finest Mistake– Students review the best error from the year up until now by considering which errors allowed them to find out something or discover something new about themselves.
Book Suggestions
The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizziThe Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Advisory programs are a typical function of public and independent middle schools throughout the country. While advisory can be found in many sizes and shapes, we can agree, I think, that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a necessary part of an advisory program that successfully promotes academic and behavioral growth and development.
At our intermediate school this year, we set out to assist busy teachers better assist in SEL guideline in their advisories by establishing regular monthly styles and activities.
With the collaboration of our Middle School Director of Counseling, Janani Buford, we designated monthly advisory SEL themes and produced lessons that represent the requirements and interests of middle grades trainees.
At the beginning of the academic year Janani and I provided the yearlong SEL overview to advisors, evaluated the lessons and materials for the August and September lessons, helped advisors establish goals for their advisory, and presented then to the SEL photo book activities I developed to more assistance SEL instruction in advisory.

Study Strategies– Students brainstorm and talk about plans and techniques for reliable and effective study time. Trainees are given a list of methods to try and are encouraged to share others that have worked for them in the past with the group. Advisory Motto– Advisory students work together to compose a brief sentence or phrase that encapsulates the beliefs and perfects that they hope will direct their advisory throughout the year. Each student adds their comment to the poster, showcasing one way they will work towards fulfilling the motto throughout the year.
Trainees will invest time in advisory prior to and after their Mix It Up Lunch going over the distinction in between friendship circles and inner circles.

Throughout the year well evaluate upcoming themes and activities with advisors throughout professors conferences. As circumstances emerge throughout the year, all activities undergo alter and will be modified as needed before providing to instructors.
The styles were designed with 5th-8th grade trainees in mind and all activities could be provided in any order and all work as standalones. Please feel complimentary to share and adapt if you discover any of this beneficial.
August/September– Prep for the Year Ahead
The lessons for this month help students set goals and picture a future where they fulfill their goals, practice organizational strategies, and establish study skills and techniques that will be useful throughout the year.
Example Activities:
Personal Goal Setting– Students establish four objectives for the year that fit into the following categories: Extra Curricular, Academic, Social, and Personal. Trainees then draw/illustrate or compose what it would appear like to accomplish the objectives including how they would feel and the impact it would have on themselves and others.

February– Relationship Skills
During February students concentrate on building brand-new friendships and learning abilities to improve their current relationships.
Example Activities:
Mix It Up Lunch– See resources for holding a Mix it Up Lunch from Learning for Justice. We have done these before and had a great success, but it has actually been a while due to Covid truths and we are looking forward to executing it once again. Students will spend time in advisory before and after their Mix It Up Lunch going over the distinction between friendship circles and cliques.
Compliments– Students will write something kind about each member of their advisory. They will be provided assistance for writing these compliments such as be particular, do not repeat a compliment somebody else has currently composed, and consider everything you understand about that person and how those attributes make our community better and utilize that understanding to write an authentic compliment.
March– Decision Making
In March trainees discover decision making by improving their digital citizenship skills and finding out more about intent vs. impact.
Example Activities:
Digital Decisions– With the help of resources from Common Sense trainees will discuss the potential impact of their digital footprint and brainstorm what type of digital footprint they intend to have 5 years from now.

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