Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Recognizing the importance of this month helps us to make our students of Hispanic heritage feel welcome in our classrooms. Although we recognize that maybe you do not know much about this wonderful month so we wanted to provide you with some resources for […]

It’s Okay to Apologize

We are all human and one of the many commonalities that all humans have in common is that we all make mistakes at some point in our lives – some of us even make multiple mistakes. Regardless of the mistake made, owning it and apologizing for that mistake helps us grow as socially and emotionally […]

Family & Classroom Connection

Many of us know the importance of having family involvement in the classroom, and we also know how difficult it can be to find that connection as well. Sometimes parents (including other parenting adults like guardians and caregivers) are excited to speak with their student’s teacher or get involved with field trips and class parties, […]

Looking on the Bright Side

Optimism: the idea that our cup is half full, not half empty. Very Well Mind describes optimism as having “hope and confidence in success and a positive future.” I think that is a very good way to describe optimism, it helps us see the light at the end of the tunnel and reminds us that […]

Classroom Care

There are many moving parts that help create a caring, connected, and well working classroom. All of these efforts might seem simple and even go unnoticed by parents, guardians, and even students – but they make all the difference. Now some educators have been in the classroom for years, while others might be new to […]

Growth Mindset

What is one of the most important aspects of SEL? Well, before this turns into a whole debate, one of the most important aspects of SEL is having a growth mindset. Now what does it mean to have a growth mindset? Having a growth mindset means that you believe that you are always learning and […]


Teamwork is an important part of life and SEL. As we go through life, there are many situations where we need to act and play like a team – we see this in many situations such as educators working together to make sure their students are growing or a sales team making sure they hit […]

Shrink the Monster

Arguments happen and hopefully you will be able to resolve the conflict. In this blog post we at SEL4CT want to discuss ways to both help you resolve the conflict and ways to muddle through it. Managing conflict is an important part of our daily life, as there is always going to be someone who […]


Resilience – an important product of social emotional learning. Positive Psychology describes resilience as the ability to “bounce back” after a challenging situation. Very Well Mind notes that people with resilience tend to SEL skills to cope and recover from life’s challenges and hardships (such as divorce, failure, illness, and job loss) instead of falling […]


An important skill learned through SEL is Self-Control. Very Well Mind explains that self-control is one’s ability to regulate emotions, behaviors, and reactions to increase positive outcomes in a situation and achieve SMART goals (see our Resilience blog for a little more information on SMART goals). Self-control is not just about desirable outcomes though, it […]