The IB PYP Approaches to Learning Skills present opportunity for a complete social emotional learning experience which we design to accommodate the needs of our elementary learners. With a whole child approach, our programme connects the ATL skills with the attributes of our Learner Profile and ensures that the fundamental needs of being human are as important as the academic. Consider how the attributes of our Learner Profile fit within the whole child.
Consider how the attributes of a learner fit within the whole child.[/caption] In our goal to develop well-rounded, self-directed thinkers & inquirers
, we have an entire programme of inquiry that we design to provide explicit lessons and learning experiences to teach critical SEL skills that the children can transfer across the entire year.
What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social emotional learning, also known as SEL, is the process for acquiring social and emotional skills for everyday success. These skills include:
- understanding ourselves and our abilities
- developing empathy for others
- practicing self-control
- maintaining positive relationships
- making positive choices
- developing goals and much more.
Fundamentally, social emotional learning skills are life skills. These are the tools that our learners need in the classroom, at home, with friends, in future relationships and beyond.
Targeting the skills within self management and social skills, this bundle offers collaborative activities to develop these crucial skills.
The lessons and activities are designed specifically for learners of all levels and abilities to learn, use, discuss, and generalise the social and emotional skills they need. The idea is simple: We want our students to find their individual path to success! They need to be able to understand themselves, recognise their strengths, be able to work through their challenges, enjoy the benefits of positive relationships and be the best they can be.
Learners need strategies to manage their emotions, advocate for themselves, and make positive decisions
throughout their lives. Through learning these skills, our students can work towards their unique potential.
Embracing mindfulness as a whole through positive affirmations & the Learner Profile
Where to Begin?
The lessons and activities in this bundle are designed specifically for our IB PYP learners of all levels and abilities to learn, use, discuss, and generalise the social and emotional skills they need. With a mixture of the Approaches to Learning Social and Self Management skills, there is a perfect blend of learning experiences to develop and enhance skills for social emotional learning. You can find tools to suit all ages and mostly grades 3-5.
These activities bring an implicit awareness to the children of strategies to manage their emotions, develop interpersonal relationships, advocate for themselves, and make positive decisions throughout their lives. Through learning these skills, kids and young adults can work towards their individual potentials.
Where to Begin? This bundle targets the five core areas of social emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and decision-making. Each learning experience presents the skills in a meaningful, fun, and memorable way for learners.
Understanding strengths and challenges
Developing good character
Embracing a growth mindset
Using positive thinking skills
Considering dreams for the future
Social Skills Task Cards: Social & Emotional Intelligence & Interpersonal Relationships
Encourage a growth mindset by helping children to think positively, be flexible and provide them with problem-solving strategies and solutions that help them to cope with the myriad of situations and emotions that life presents, with these fun task cards. These are designed to be used in collaboration with a partner or small group but can equally be successful as individual reflections.
Developing collaborative discussions, problem solving with open ended situations.
These collaborative research projects for all ages
are fun to bring the skills into practice too:
Collaborative Research Projects
- Becoming socially aware
- Kg- Grade 2: Create your own posters through group work.
- Being aware of their role in a group
- Using strategies to actively resolve conflict
- Practising compromise & delegation
Self Management: Organisation & States of Mind
Children are asked to reflect on situations that present doubt, possible antagonism, confidence issues and other difficulties. As you help the children with these self-management skills in a safe, familiar environment, it will greatly benefit them throughout school and particularly as they approach the IB PYP Exhibition.
You know how much I love drama as a means of bringing the ATL Skills to life! This drama circle is a great growth mindset activity.
Learner Profile Reflection Journal: Self awareness, Being Reflective
Developing reflective thinking skills is crucial when you have on-going reflection, and you want it to be an authentic student -led experience.
These IB Learner Profile Reflection Journals are designed as a review of the Learner Profile attributes as well as reinforcing the skills for reflective thinking. With activities that can be used as a daily reflection for a six week intensive focus on reflection of their Learner Profile, or you can use them once a week, throughout the entire year, as a weekly reflection of each particular attribute.
Reflection Journal for big kids.
2 x Drama Circles: Making Friends & No Bullying In Our School
Self-Awareness, Interpersonal Relationships, Advocating for Self & Others Drama circles! The theme is around community building, what it takes to form friendships and bringing forth our voice. It has a lot of reflection as well as humour included :) Lots of laughter with these IB PYP sets. They bring out the risk taking, creativity in all kids.
Self Awareness for the Little Ones: Early Years Activities
We can absolutely begin with our youngest learners as we connect the language of the Learner Profile with learning activities that instill that sense of self. As the children learn what each of the attributes LOOK-SOUND-FEEL-ACT like, they are building their own awareness of who they are and where they fit with each of the attributes.
Developing awareness of self through IB PYP Learner Profile
100 Acts of Kindness Challenge: Mindfulness, Reflection, Being Caring
This resource provides the tools to implement an idea that has been going around for quite a few years. 100 Acts of Kindness is a classroom challenge that brings a great awareness into the children’s minds, that it is absolutely wonderful to share caring and love. As the compliments are handed out and the kindness coupons are added to our wall, we can see exactly how much love we bring into the lives of others and, in turn, into our own. The children are able to see, by sharing, that when we show love to others, we feel the love within ourselves.
ONE KIND WORD CHALLENGE: BEING CARING, EMPATHY, AWARENESS OF OTHERS
The challenge you see below began as we explored the sub-skill of demonstrating awareness of others u
nder Social Skills - Social & Emotional Intelligence during Anti-Bullying week. It grew into showing how we could be caring and so the children " collected" words that would speak of kindness and promote our mission of speaking up for others as we moved into the skill of advocating for self and others. It is easy to create your own and allow the kids to see how far their ONE kind word can spread.
Anti bullying week led us to taking action with One Kind Word
Our 100 Acts of Kindness wall.
LEARN MORE: If you'd like to know more about developing the social emotional learning through the ATL skills, take a look at my blog articles below.
Hopefully, you can find some ideas and inspiration for bringing the skills within Social-Emotional learning into practice. You can find many more activities to support development of ALL of the ATL Skills in these bundles catering for both upper and lower grades.