Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Welcome to the classroom page for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

    We currently use three evidenced-based curricula as the foundation for our SEL program.  Additional information on each of the curriculums can be found by clicking the following links:

    The Zones of Regulation

    SuperFlex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum



    Over the course of the school year, we focus on improving the social and emotional wellbeing of our students by providing explicit instruction on a variety of different social skills.  In addition to utilizing the above referenced evidence-based curricula, we also employ the use of video modeling, social stories, role plays, a variety of self-reflection tools, and opportunities for skills generalization in both small and large group settings.  An overview of the skills that we cover as well as the learning objectives for the students in each content area is provided below; however, please be aware that adjustments to the daily schedule and course map are made if/when students demonstrate a need for additional instruction on a particular skill or set of skills.

    Unit 1

    Topic:  Getting Started

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • Share information about themselves through the creation of a mandala
      • Tour the school, practice walking their schedule, discuss block scheduling and Eagle Time
      • Review rules, expectations, and classroom policies and procedures for the BTC
      • Read the PISD Responsible Use Policy and complete a digital scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the PISD website

            Topic:  Behavior Basics

     Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • Explore what motivates them and complete a reinforcer survey
      • Discuss the classroom token system of reinforcement
      • Differentiate between expected vs. unexpected behaviors at school
      • Identify key behaviors they would like to change in the coming year
      • Create a plan to use when experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges 

    Unit 2

    Topic:  The Zones of Regulation

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • Identify the four Zones of Regulation
      • Categorize different emotions experienced in the various Zones
      • Explore and discuss how different behaviors can affect the way we feel about others and how others feel about us
      • Utilize social behavior mapping to analyze different scenarios
      • Create “Me in My Zones” responses to identify how each person feels when in a particular “Zone” and what strategies can be implemented to get back to the “Green” Zone
      • Develop strategy cards and discuss how they will be used
      • Practice completing the Zones Reflection worksheet

    Unit 3

    Topic:  Superflex

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • Explore the concept of “flexible thinking”
      • Identify unexpected behaviors related to the “Unthinkables”
      • Identify and implement various strategies to defeat the “Unthinkables” in given role play situations
      • Reflect on their Team of Unthinkables and develop a plan for defeating them using flexible thinking strategies

     Unit 4

    Topic:  Active Listening

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • discuss and define the need for active listening
      • name the 4 steps to active listening
      • practice using active listening skills by participating in various activities

    Topic:  Conversation Skills

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • differentiate between positive and negative examples of conversational and listening skills
      • identify expected ways to start conversations based on the audience
      • practice starting conversations using expected starters based on the audience
      • distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate topics of conversation based on the audience
      • identify the steps to having a reciprocal conversation
      • practice ending a conversation in an expected way
      • demonstrate the skills of starting, maintaining, and ending a conversation

    Topic:  Asking for Help

    Learning Objective:  Students will practice the steps to asking for help in small and large group settings.

    Topic:  Saying Thank You

    Learning Objectives: Students will 

      • practice the steps to saying thank you in small and large group settings
      • practice writing thank you notes to someone they would like to thank

    Topic:  Introducing Myself

    Learning Objective:  Students will practice the steps to introducing themselves to others in small and large group settings.

    Topic:  Introducing Others

    Learning Objective:  Students will practice the steps to introducing others in small and large group settings.

    Topic:  Giving Compliments

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • explore the importance of giving compliments to others in expected ways
      • practice the steps of providing compliments to others in small and large groups settings

    Topic:  Following Instructions

    Learning Objective:  Students will practice the steps of following instructions in various visual and auditory scenarios. 

    Unit 5

    Topic:  Expressing Feelings and Emotions in Expected Ways

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • identify various feelings and emotions as well as how he/she feels in different situations
      • distinguish between positive and negative examples of expressing feelings
      • analyze situations and determine the most appropriate response to a situation or feeling
      • practice expressing emotions using expected (positive, appropriate) responses while participating in a group activities and role plays
      • Reflect on video models to analyze given social situations
      • utilize self-reflection to evaluate past successes and areas for improvement when expressing emotions in expected ways
      • write social stories to help deal with individual situations in which they typically struggle

    Unit 6

    Topic:  Empathy

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • explore the concept of empathy and discuss it's importance to our society
      • identifying the three steps of empathic responses
      • practice providing empathetic responses based on individual scenarios
      • practice identifying other’s feelings through situational cues such as body language and tone of voice
      • practice engaging in perspective taking given various real world situations
      • practice responding to other’s feelings based on different scenarios
      • practice showing empathy to adversaries
      • practice identifying and making supportive statements to others

    Unit 7

    Topic:  Friendship

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • evaluate the importance of friendships and other personal relationships
      • develop strategies for connecting with people and forming meaningful personal relationships
      • develop strategies for coping with rejection and disappointment in personal relationships

     Unit 8

    Topic:  Anger Management

    Learning Objectives:  Students will

      • define terms related to anger and aggression
      • list and describe the steps of the Anger Model
      • implement anger management skills such as counting backwards, if-then statements, stop-think-choose, self-talk, and I-messages

    Topic:  Conflict Resolution

      • list the steps of the social Problem Solving Model.
      • distinguish between positive and negative examples of social problem solving
      • apply the procedures of social problem solving to real life situations