Have you been looking for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) activities to make a part of your regular classroom routine? If so, I can’t think of a better way than to utilize Google Jamboard with some pre-made templates that you can share with your students.
Why SEL Matters
As we saw in this blog, it is important to bring SEL practices to your classroom. Some students might be feeling anxious; therefore, we want to create a safe space for learning. When students feel safe, they find it easier to learn. You can help build that safe space for learning by incorporating SEL in your teaching.
Jamboard is a digital whiteboard created by Google. You can create a jam and add up to 20 frames per jam. Students can brainstorm and share ideas with sticky notes, text, images, and more. In addition, jamboards can easily be assigned to students in Google Classroom.
You can get to Google Jamboard in several different ways. Usually, I just type jamboard.google.com in my browser, making sure, of course, that I am logged into my Google account first. Also, there is a Chrome app for Jamboard that helps with easy access.
SEL Jamboard Activities
The activities below allow you to check in on your students in a way that values and acknowledges their emotions in an engaging way. By taking part in these activities, students will gain self-awareness, develop relationship skills, and more. Assign them to students individually, in small groups, or as a whole class. Many of these activities were found on the awesome Jamboard Facebook groups. To make a copy of the jamboard, simply click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner and scroll to Make a Copy. Make sure you are logged into your Google account first.
Sample SEL Jamboard Activities Include:
- Checking In – It is important to check in with your students to see how they are doing. Ask you students to indicate how they are feeling with this activity.
- Empathy Shoes – Ask you students to put themselves in another person’s shoes to perceive and interpret what another person is feeling or maybe even thinking.
- Gratitude Jar – As we see in this blog, students who regularly express gratitude appreciate close relationships and feel better about their life and school. Ask your students what they are grateful for.
- How Are You Feeling Rollercoaster – Ask your students to add their name on a sticky note and place it on the spot on the rollercoaster that represents how they are feeling at the moment.
- Kindness Challenge – Challenge your students to be kind. Have them list kind things they have done or will do.
- Love Your SELFie – This activity will help students with their self-esteem and build their confidence.
- Marshmallow Wellness – This activity focuses on your student’s well-being. Once students complete the wellness activity indicated on the marshmallow, they will move it into the hot chocolate. This jamboard was created by Karen Stepic.
- Three Good Things – Take time and ask students to reflect on good things they have experienced. This activity will help students seek out and amplify positive feelings and experiences.
- What Went Well? – This activity will show students that you care about them and will help you build and strengthen relationships with your them.
- Worry Monster – Ask you students what they are worried about. Have them type their worries on a sticky note and feed it to the worry monster. This jamboard was created by Karen Stepic.
The great thing about these activities is that they can be revisited more than once, so get jammin’! If you would like to explore additional Social and Emotional skills, be sure to check out TCEA’s online, self-paced Social and Emotional online course. Priced at just $29, the course features seven modules designed to help your students understand their own self-awareness, build positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and more. Enroll today.