Friday, September 23, 2016
Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8: A social and emotional learning curriculum
Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8 is a 272-page curriculum designed to help build middle school age children's social and emotional skills. The authors, all professionals in the field of school psychology, offer a dozen lessons that educators can use to help increase students' social and emotional competency. This curriculum is designed as both a prevention and an early intervention and can be used with kids of all social/emotional abilities.
The book begins with an overview of the curriculum including thoughts on social and emotional learning, a model for preventing behavioral and emotional problems, and some background on the curriculum itself. The lessons themselves help promote self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills, and an overview of each of the 12 lessons is contained in a single chapter. The lessons are sequential and include mindfulness techniques as well as sample scripts and tips for transfer training and homework. Definitions of key terms are included with each lesson. Downloadable charts, worksheets, and other materials are available from the publisher with a keycode found in the book.
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