Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health
As the coronavirus crisis continues to be tackled worldwide and remains a popular topic of conversation, uncertainty about what’s next creates a perfect storm for fueling anxiety. There is much anxiety that surrounds students, including fear of the unknown, loss of a loved one, loss of social connections, social anxiety and gaps in learning.
While our anxious feelings are understandable, it’s important to be aware of how anxiety is impacting our children. Knowing how to respond to anxious feelings will help keep students calm and safe.
To help teach students about mental health, Britannica’s Curriculum Expert Team has put together a few activities and resources.
Download the Raising Resilient Kids E-book
Inside the e-book, you’ll find two sets of lesson slides and supporting resources, as well as additional activities that promote mental health through social and emotional learning.
Use these Resource Packs
Take advantage of Britannica School with these curated resource packs, that are filled with articles, images, and videos. These packs support student Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health and encourage critical thinking and awareness.
Shield Snap Cards
Shield Snap Cards are small reminders or affirmations filled with power words that students can use as a coping strategy, e.g. When students are feeling anxious, scared, or uncomfortable about a situation, they can simply pull a snap card, read it aloud, and breath as the card soothes them. Found on page 7 of Raising Resilient Kids.
Show this short inspirational video to encourage students to see that even people like The Rock experience feelings of depression.
Engage students with quizzes that provide real-world hypothetical situations that build student resilience and strengthen social emotional skills.