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.
Mental health is like physical health. We exercise and eat healthy to take care of our bodies. Our mental health starts with our emotions, so what can we do to make sure we’re keeping our minds and hearts healthy?
Did you know that one in five children will experience some sort of mental health challenge? This can be you or someone you know. The good news is that we can support each other by talking, listening, and reaching out for support.
Our children have not been immune to the mental health impact of COVID-19, as schools have remained closed and now some are opening under different circumstances. So what can we do to address this impact and mediate some of the potential challenges that s
Anxiety and depression cause pain for people all over the world. We often get stuck in these negative feelings by trying to avoid our emotions. But we can take action by allowing ourselves to feel our emotions, demonstrate them, reach out for support, and
Just like we have physical illnesses, we might experience mental illnesses as well. Some of us don’t like to talk about what’s going on inside and think others may judge us. Let’s break the stigma, get talking, and support each other!
Anxiety can be terrifying for young people, especially for those that don’t understand the feelings and emotions related to this experience. Increased awareness of feelings and symptoms related to anxiety can be powerful in tackling its impact. The more
We have become very good at recognizing what anxiety looks like, but what do we do when we realize what’s happening to us? Take some time to learn not just about the signs of anxiety but ways you can respond that are effective.
Feelings of fear, worry, and nervousness often plague us as adults. Fortunately, we often have the language and capability to manage these emotions, but what about our children and students? They may lack the understanding of these feelings and where they
Sometimes life is confusing and difficult things happen to us. Bouncing back from those challenges can be hard, but we learn from those challenges and we become stronger and more “resilient”. Watch and listen to the following videos and consider all t
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