Self Awareness

  1. With the changing of the seasons and weather patterns,  a fun Council is to have the kids share how they feel about the weather and to explore their identities relative to the seasons.

  2. Halloween is a favorite holiday for youngsters and there is an opportunity to create a class project that celebrates the many faces and personas that they see in their life, including their own.&nb

  3. For younger students, it can be best to offer some engaging experiences of council before doing too much explaining.  Students in primary and middle grades often have fewer layers of defenses to remove – they’re naturally closer to speaking and listening from the heart. 

  4. Council in the early weeks of the school year is an opportunity to deepen community-building norms.

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Social and Emotional Competencies
In a broad sense, simply practicing council, whatever the activity or prompt, automatically facilitates the development of at least the first four of the five social emotional competencies as identified by the Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (see -   However, the lesson plans in this category are specifically targeted to one or more of them.
Self-awareness—accurately assessing one’s feelings, interests, values, and strengths; maintaining a well-grounded sense of self-confidence
Self-management—regulating one’s emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles; setting and monitoring progress toward personal and academic goals; expressing emotions appropriately
Social awareness—being able to take the perspective of and empathize with others; recognizing and appreciating individual and group similarities and differences; recognizing and using family, school, and community resources
Relationship skills—establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing, and resolving interpersonal conflict; seeking help when needed
Responsible decision-making—making decisions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and likely consequences of various actions; applying decision-making skills to academic and social situations; contributing to the well-being of one’s school and community

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