Introduce a tool with personal stories
In his book Drive, Daniel Pink shares that autonomy is one of the three key elements of motivation. He writes, “Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”
If we give students independence and choice, they are more likely to engage; the same applies for teachers.
It can be hard to implement a plug-and-play curriculum like ASSET. Each teacher has his or her own style, and some of the language in the lesson plans might not align with your vibe. A great way to make the ASSET curriculum your own is by introducing the tools with personal stories. You can share a stressor of yours, a time you dealt with stress negatively or positively, your experience practicing these ASSET tools outside of the classroom--anything! While the script is always there to lean on, infusing your stories and personality will make this curriculum relatable and more enjoyable for you and your students.
About the Author
Gina has taught high school English for nearly a decade and recently discovered the power of social & emotional learning after embedding ASSET into her classroom culture. She now serves as ASSET’s Director of Programs and brings a teacher’s perspective to curricular and professional development materials. In her free time (when her bouncing baby boy is sleeping or in someone else’s arms), Gina loves to read, cook big family dinners, and get outside with her husband and dog.