SEL (Social & Emotional Learning)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.

AISD is a recognized leader in urban education and one of the first districts in the nation to commit to the development of the whole child by incorporating social and emotional learning. During 2015-16, SEL reached all 129 schools serving all of the district's 86,000 students.

SEL reaches beyond the classroom to all aspects of life. Skills and concepts are integrated in academic lessons and practiced to enhance the climate of the school. Out of school time providers and parents reinforce SEL skills as well.

Below are the SEL Lessons

1st and 2nd weeks of school: Getting to know you activities: List 10 things others may not know about you, hold your papers outward and walk around the room and find people with commonalities. Find a partner, introduce yourself and share the best part of your summer, then have each partner introduce each other to the large group.  Write on a sticky note, your feelings about school so far and share.  Share an AHA, apology or appreciation moment that happened during the week.

Week of September 9th- CATCH Lesson- divide students into groups and give each group a topic on the checklist (attached) and have them come up with healthy ways to achieve the different goals.

Week of September 16th: Dangers of Vaping- have students watch the video "Juulers against Juuls" on Scholastic Action Magazine site. Then have them play the Kahoot:

No SEL Lesson 9/23- PAWS for Fun

No SEL Lesson 9/29- Homecoming Pep Rally

Oct. -Anti-bullying Month

No Place for Hate will be visiting classes during excel.  6th grade will be first on Oct. 7th.  Also, student council will be hosting elections.  

7th and 8th grade on 10/7 will show the video and then discuss the information sheet.  On Oct. 21st, 6th grade will do the same.  If elections take too long, then all grades will do this lesson on Oct. 21st, since the students do not have school on 10/14.


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Oct. 28th- Red Ribbon Week:

Nov. 11th- Kindness Week

Next, watch this video on Kindness: (Links to an external site.)

This week is Kindness Week at Gorzycki. 

Each teacher/staffer will be given stacks of tickets to give out when they catch a student being kind.  Each day, from November 13- 15, there are specific kindness targets (see below) that will be announced/posted.  Each ticket can be used to enter drawing for prizes.  Drawing boxes will be placed in the front office, on the stage during lunch, and in the library. Students will fill in their name and student ID number, then place in the box for the prize they want a chance to win.  Drawings will be done the morning of World Kindness Day (November 13) and prizes delivered that day.


Kindness Targets

Day 1:  Show kindness to a stranger.

Day 2:  Show kindness to a teacher.

Day 3:  Be kind to your family.

Day 4: Be kind to yourself.

Day 5:  Show kindness to the environment.

Day 6:  Show kindness to someone in a different grade.

Day 7 WORLD KINDNESS DAY – Prize drawings

3. Discuss at your table examples of kindness

Nov. 18th: Gratitude

Watch the following 2 videos, then have students write 2 letters to people they are thankful for.  End with a discussion on what it means to be thankful. (Links to an external site.)

Kid President’s 25 Reasons To Be Thankful! (Links to an external site.)Kid President’s 25 Reasons To Be Thankful!


Dec. 2nd:

No Place for Hate will be rolling out their annual door-decorating contest.
Also, you can show this video on research on cell phones and the brain:)  Have a discussion or debate as to what your students think after watching the video.
Dec. 9th: Service Week!  Student Council kicked it off with classroom visits and this slide show presentation on Souper Bowl of Caring; service projects were also started.
January 13th- Social Action: What are you hungry for?  Impact of student's efforts to end hunger and start other social action movements.

Let students know how they assisted in ending hunger with the Souper Bowl of Caring can drive, by having them look up statistics of how many children are hungry in Texas and in Austin.

After discussing the statistics they found, go to this webpage: (Links to an external site.)

and show the video on the page explaining hunger in America.

Afterwards, show these two videos of true stories of how these students made an action for change.  Then discuss with students what they are hungry for. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)