I’m just gonna say it: I’ve been pretending to know what SEL is, means, or looks like. For years, every time I heard the term, I broke out in a cold-sweat and felt like I’m a teacher imposter.
Teachers are master jugglers, as they attempt on a daily basis to meet students’ individualized learning objectives, support their classroom family, collaborate with their school community, and hone their professional craft. However, over the past year and half, teachers have been overwhelmed with the time commitment and effort it has taken to shift their methodology and teaching strategies to meet the new school routines of COVID-19.
Even before the pandemic, the importance of mental health for teachers was realized. Study after study has shown the increased value of teachers dedicating time to their mental and physical health in order to have the focus needed to be the best at their craft.
Using our playlist-maker activity, we’ve made two lists of 11 songs to keep your classroom energized, engaged, and hard at work on their path to individual self-discovery. Here’s how they break down.