Prior planning prevents poor performance
My dad used to say this to me, and I hate admitting it, but he’s right: one of the best ways you can set any activity up for success is to plan out some exemplars. Asking your students to engage in new SEL activities can be a foreign and weird process for them. The more you can provide them with examples of what it looks like to be mindful or journal about a challenge, the more likely your students give it a try. It certainly takes time and prior planning, but writing out examples you can display to students goes a long way in supporting their mental wellbeing.
About the Author
Brent Modak followed the example set by his grandfather and entered the classroom first as a middle school teacher before moving up to teach high school history. As a member of the ASSET team, Brent helped develop the curriculum and led in the implementation of the program across all of ASSET’s partner schools. When not teaching Brent enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and newborn baby, Lewis.