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The Ultimate 2021 SEL Resource Roundup to Get You Through the Holidays

The Ultimate 2021 SEL Resource Roundup to Get You Through the Holidays

After yet another unexpected and unpredictable year, the end of the semester is in sight, and the holidays are around the corner. Educators, parents, and students across the country are counting down to a well-deserved end of year break, but in the meantime, there is still learning to be done.

To help ensure your classes stay productive and avoid the holiday brain drain we’ve compiled a variety of social-emotional learning resources to help you take care of yourself in these final weeks of the year.

Teacher Tips

SEL This Winter Break: Self-Regulating with Neurotransmitters

As we head toward winter, let’s set ourselves and our students up for social-emotional learning (SEL) success with brain- and mood-boosting activities that highlight important connections between the brain and body.

Leading with Your Best Self: 4 SEL Skills for Educators

As the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. What are you carrying in your SEL backpack to positively impact your school community? Check out these tips for building your own SEL skills this winter.

[Teacher Tips] Surviving Holiday Chaos in the Classroom

If you’re still in the classroom, survive the holiday chaos with these great tips from your fellow educators.

Cool to Be Kind: Teaching Kindness in the Classroom by Celebrating the Small Things

Research has shown that anxiety and depression are correlated with individuals’ sense of control or lack of control over their own lives, which is referred to as internal versus external locus of control. In a year where everything has been impacted, the holidays are no different. Holiday traditions are important to many cultures and families. Over the next few weeks, be mindful of this and remember to celebrate little wins in each day.

Five Read-Aloud Books to Support Social-Emotional Learning

Teachers can kick-start children’s social-emotional learning. Introduce SEL concepts through simple, daily activities you may already have incorporated into your virtual or in-person instructional time—like classroom read-alouds. This blog post has five great reads that cover five key components of an SEL framework.

School Resources

The Edmentum Podcast

Our podcast regularly highlights the latest trends in social and emotional learning. If you’re looking for a great listen to put on in the background as you’re writing your next lesson plan or meeting agenda, check out these episodes:

Administrator Tips

500 Educators Reveal How Administrators Can Better Support Them This School Year

One of the most important elements when it comes to success within teaching and learning is educator well-being. It’s no secret that teaching can be incredibly stressful, and with additional challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, educators need support more than ever. We asked 500 educators how they feel their administrators can better support them.

The Importance of Adult SEL in Building Schoolwide SEL Culture

Social-emotional learning is for everyone—and that includes teachers! Schoolwide SEL implementation should intentionally nurture a work environment in which staff feel supported, empowered, allowed to collaborate effectively and build relational trust, and nurtured to develop their social-emotional skills.

[Admin Tips] Navigating Change and the Role of Emotions

Change is essential to growth, but let’s face it—change is scary. How do we successfully wrestle with workplace emotions in the face of change? Explore some tips for school leaders on how to navigate change. 

[Administrator Tips] 7 SEL Meeting Strategies You Can Use with Your Teachers

Leaders who put compassion at the forefront create teams that care for one another and adapt more easily. In the coming weeks, show your staff that you support them by taking extra care and start meetings off on the principles of social-emotional learning.

Understanding How Anxiety Can Impact Us & the Functioning of Our Teams

There is a lot of anxiety around us right now. Our default setting is to react and often create internal narratives that are not based in truth, but rumor. As a school leader it’s important to keep this top of mind, to help here are a few tips and tricks for managing team anxiety.

Educator Self-Care Tips

The Power of Positive Intent

When you are in the thick of holiday chaos, in your work life or personal life, it can be hard to take a step back and be grateful for the things you do have. Remember, positivity has the power to transform our mindsets and in turn our connection with those around us.

[Fall Reading List] An Educator’s Reading List for Self-Care

If you’re like most people, winter break means a break. If you’re like me, that means falling to a good book! This list of self-care focused books will help you come back after winter break with a new set of skills.

The Art of Mindfulness for Educators

Say it with me, “self-care is not just a trend, it should be a priority for everyone.” Great job, reader! Now stop where you are and breathe in and out. Not so hard, right? Mindfulness has been used as a treatment for chronic and acute conditions such as anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and chronic stress. As we enter the new year, reset and make mindfulness a priority with these helpful tips.

Controlling What We Can Control: Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Think of a time recently where you reacted poorly, then later thought to yourself, “eh, maybe I overreacted there…” Congratulations, that makes you human. As my mom always says, worrying about ‘what ifs’ will get you nowhere fast. Read this blog, or watch this webinar, for tips and tricks on changing our mindset from worrying about what is out of our control to focusing on what we have the ability to change.

Good Ole Laughs

13 Schitt’s Creek Gifs Teachers Will Relate to in the Month of December

The month of December is filled with an effervescent feeling that is almost palpable in the hearts of every educator and student, isn’t it? It’s equal parts antsy and giddy. It’s the pressure of an ending semester and the promise of a new year. And you’re not alone— to help you get through to your well-deserved break, laugh along with these 13 Schitt’s Creek gifs that know exactly how you’re feeling.

13 Michael Scott Gifs Teachers Will Relate to Before the Holidays

Self-care shouldn’t feel like work, sometimes it can be as simple as cracking a smile at something funny on the internet. Check out these Michael Scott gifs that sum up how teachers feel during the busy time before the holidays to get you started.


Using SEL Strategies to Navigate in Times of Crisis

We all need a little social-emotional learning now, more than ever before. In this recorded webinar, learn what you can do as an educator to help yourself cope, and then in turn help your students, during uncertain times.

Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue: How to Support Yourself and Students

This previously recorded webinar shows how to balance the adverse impact of stress and trauma so that you can teach in ways in which students can learn. Learn how to support yourself and your students so that your school community can thrive.

Classroom Resources

[Free Teacher Resources] Printable Holiday and Winter Activities, Fact Sheets, and More!

Our free classroom resource packets and other printable games and activities are packed with fun holiday-themed lessons your elementary students will love. Check out these fun resources to help you and your students celebrate the fun of winter in class or over break!

Edmentum K-12 Worksheet Bundles

Let your students have a break from their computers over the holidays, but Keep students engaged in their learning and their skills sharp over winter break with Edmentum’s grade-specific worksheet bundles. (Don’t forget to check out our K-8 Spanish versions too!)

Keep up the great work, educators! You’re doing an incredible job and we hope you have a wonderful (well-deserved) winter break and a happy new year!