Second Step® Elementary Teacher's Guide: Part 2
Congratulations—you’re nearing the midpoint of the school year! Whether you’re partway through Second Step® Elementary, just kicking off your social-emotional learning (SEL) work, or looking to reset and revitalize your program implementation, now is a great time to reflect on the year so far and make a plan to finish strong.
After Completing Each Unit
- Celebrate students’ learning by sharing their work. Post it on a bulletin board, in the hallway, or online, where families can see what their children are learning.
- Reflect with your students on how much they’ve learned during the unit. Give them a preview of what they’ll be learning next.
Reflect on Your Own Work
- Take a moment to think about the successes and challenges you’ve experienced with Second Step Elementary so far, and how you’ve supported your students’ SEL. Identify what you want to focus on as you move forward.
Connect with Families
- Use weekly family communications, Family Letters, and Home Links to inform parents and caregivers and engage them in their children’s SEL.
Continue Your Professional Development
- Take time to review our training resources or view an on-demand webinar.
Collaborate with Colleagues
- Co-plan an academic activity that integrates social-emotional skills such as problem-solving or emotion management.
- Identify a shared emotional vocabulary to emphasize throughout the school.
- If a colleague is having difficulties with the program, offer to model a lesson or co-teach it with them.
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