Series: Mathematical Modeling with Three-Act Tasks

Building Emotional Literacy
Lesson Objective: Build social and emotional literacy skills
All Grades / All Subjects / SEL

Thought starters

  1. What are the effects of starting the day with three minutes of silence?
  2. How does the mood meter give information to both students and teachers?
  3. What kinds of self-regulation strategies do students learn?
15 Comments

I like the idea of checking in with students every morning and after recess. Moods can change throughout the day and it's a good strategy to check in more than once a day. I currently use a “feelings chart” to help students identify their feelings once they are upset. After watching this video, I will check in with their feelings in the morning before the start of working. I hope this will help them and help me recognize feelings that need to be addressed before learning can begin.

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I love this video...thank you for sharing. When I think about the three minutes of silence, I think about three minutes of self-reflection. I love the idea of giving students an opportunity to reflect on themselves. Self-reflection is an important component of self-regulation. Having three minutes of silence daily, helps students develop the habit of reflecting. In order for us to improve in any field, we need to think about (reflect) on the current state, where we want to be and how we can improve. By providing the opporunity for students to have three minutes of silence, we providing students the tools necessary to self-regulate. Research shows that self-regulation is an important predictor of students academic success, mental and physical health. It is also helping students maintain or develop control of their emotions, thoughts, and behaviour. These strategies will be helpful as students become self-regulated learners.

I will definitely try this in my class in the upcoming year.

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Building emotional literacy in our educational programs is a brilliant way to provide for the whole child, and provide a better environment for learning to occur. Self-awareness is a life skill that prepares for meaningful, successful relationships. And as research and experience demonstrate, the better the relationship the teacher has with the student, the better the ability to reach the child. Basic needs of belonging and caring satisfied, better prepare a student for learning. Teaching emotional literacy allows the child to learn about themselves. Self-awareness, coupled with education on how to cope with identified emotions sets the child up to be better prepared for life, lending to self-confidence, and improved relationships, including the relationship with the teacher. Again, the relationship with the teacher is improved, thus creating an environment where the learner is better able to function and receive the education provided for in the classroom.
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This is a wonderful strategy. Students have so many different emotions. Three minutes of silence in the morning can help calm the nerves of students and get them ready for the day. I like how the video showed different grade levels.
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Super great for all students, young and old, to be able to refrain from talking using self-control.
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Transcripts

  • Building Emotional Literacy Transcript
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    Kristin Alfonzo: Come on in. Hello. I'm glad you're back today.

    Building Emotional Literacy Transcript
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    Kristin Alfonzo: Come on in. Hello. I'm glad you're back today. Good morning.
    Kristin Alfonzo: We use a strategy to help kids come in and start their day off on the right foot.
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    Classroom Strategy:
    Building Emotional Literacy

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    Kindergarten Class
    South Shore PK-8, Seattle WA

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    Kristin Alfonzo: We use three minutes of silence, which has been an important part of our school since it was founded about ten years ago.
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    Kristin Alfonzo
    Kindergarten Teacher
    South Shore PK-8, Seattle WA

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    Kristin Alfonzo: Apart from that, we also use the Ruler program, which is an emotional literacy curriculum, essentially, and the mood meter is an important strategy or component within the Ruler program. The mood meter is a four part square, essentially, with four colors, and it helps kids think about how their body is feeling emotionally, and also physically. So every single morning when students come in, they start by charting themselves on the mood meter and thinking about where their energy is. Is
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    their energy high or low and are their feelings positive or negative. That puts them in a color on the mood meter. Then depending on what color they are in, they can start to think about strategies they can use to help get them into a place where they can do their best learning.

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    Kristin Alfonzo: I can tell from some of our energy, it seems like many of us are in the yellow today. So that means silence is going to be extra important, isn't it, Leila? Even though we have all these visitors and exciting things in our room, we still have to be our very best selves. Who has an idea for what strategy they will use to help them get themselves into the green during silence today? Solaya, what's your idea?
    Student: Closing my eyes.

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    Kristin Alfonzo: Solaya's going to close her eyes. Anyone else going to close their eyes? Yeah. Does anyone else have a strategy they want to share. What are you going to do?
    Student: The fingers.
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    The fingers

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    Kristin Alfonzo: The fingers. I was thinking about doing that one today too. So maybe you'll close your eyes like Solaya. Maybe you'll count backwards like Mignette. Maybe you'll do your fingers. So you choose for yourself. When Rainier sees that we are ready and quiet. It's going to be up to Rainer to see when we are ready for silence and he will turn the timer for us.

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    Kristin Alfonzo: We start with checking in every morning. It's a nice way for me to kind of see who's maybe feeling sad or maybe someone who's feeling really grumpy and I need to keep an eye on for the start of the day. And then the three minutes of silence is a way for our whole school to come together and put everything at home behind us, and start our day on a fresh start.
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    2nd Grade Mathematics
    Graham Hill Elementary, Seattle WA

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    Sarah Dietz: Let's all get our mood meter journals out. I want you to be using your mood meter journal to help you get your body from the yellow back into the green, getting ready for math to start.

    Sarah Dietz: Math takes place right after our lunch recess and we first come in and do about five to ten minutes of quiet time that we use the mood meter here at the school.
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    Sarah Dietz
    2nd Grade Teacher
    Graham Hill Elementary, Seattle WA

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    Sarah Dietz: And so the language is getting ourselves into the green, which is a place of calmness and readiness to learn.

    Sarah Dietz: Use what you know to move your body into the green. Take some deep breaths. If you need water, you can give me the water signal.

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    Sarah Dietz: The students come in from recess. Sometimes they're agitated. Sometimes they're angry about something that happened at recess, or they are maybe still feeling very hyper and wild and they just need to calm their bodies. So we just take ten minutes to still our bodies, and we have strategies that they use to calm their bodies, such as deep breathing.

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    Sarah Dietz: I'm looking around. I'm seeing some kids using their getting in the green strategies, putting their heads down, taking some big deep belly breaths to calm their bodies down.

    Sarah Dietz: I play a video that kind of guides them through that, and they also have a journal where they can write what they're feeling. Getting to a point where the room just feels settled, and then I know that they're ready to start learning.

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    Sarah Dietz: In about 30 seconds, we're going to put our mood meter journals away and come to the carpet.

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    Sarah Dietz: It's a good strategy, because if they are not feeling settled, they won't be able to engage with the lesson. They won't be mindful of what's happening during the lesson. And it's also just a life skill that we need to learn to prepare ourselves and be ready for the task that's at hand. And in this case, the task was math.
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