Daily SEL Lesson – Self-Awareness Through Mindfulness 4/20
elcome to the CLS Daily SEL lesson. Each day, Monday through Friday, we will provide a new social-emotional learning lesson designed to build emotional intelligence and resilience. There will be a lesson for elementary students and a lesson for secondary students that include media (videos, audios, or text) and simple step-by-step instructions.
We hope that the lessons are helpful to you and your children.
Weekly Focus: Self-Awareness
Elementary Lesson – The Brain And Stress
Watch the video and answer the following questions:
What body systems are impacted by stress?
How does stress affect you?
How can mindfulness reduce the negative impact of stress?
Write a short story about a time when stress overwhelmed your emotions and what you can do to reduce the feeling of overwhelm in the future.
Secondary Lesson – Dan Harris and Mindfulness
Watch this short video carefully and take notes on the change possible in the brain’s gray matter.
Watch the video again and devise an “elevator speech” on the benefits of Mindfulness. You can be funny, serious, but always factual (like Dan). An “elevator speech” is a one-minute description…something you could teach in a super short amount of time to someone who has never heard of your topic before. As you probably know, mindfulness is a new idea to many people.
Oftentimes we learn of or hear about social injustice but we do not feel equipped to make a difference. The first step in becoming an advocate is to understand that we are all different and accept that difference is good!
Honest and courageous conversations are just the beginning of our work for social justice. When we develop safe spaces to have these conversations in schools, we work together to dismantle oppression. Let's get talking!
There have been many conversations going on about equity and equality in education. You might hear these words on TV or on social media, but what do these words mean? What is the difference? Our new SEL lesson offers an answer.