Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty and Stress

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has created an online course designed to aid educators battling the anxiety and stress of teaching during the pandemic. The course, “Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty and Stress” is a 10 hour online course that is free unless educators want a certificate -then it is $49.

 

“Research shows that school staff who are better at managing their emotions have greater physical health, well-being, and job satisfaction,” said Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center. “They also create more supportive learning environments for students where there’s more engagement, less disruption, and better performance. In general, when children and the adults in their lives are skilled at managing stress and anxiety, life is better for them.”

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC offers great suggestions on how to deal with stress, especially in regard to the pandemic. 
  • Classcraft - An innovative game-based learning approach to teaching that helps increase social-emotional learning through collaboration and group dynamics.  
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure - A fun YouTube video series that teaches relaxing techniques and yoga in a Pokemon setting. 
  • FUNecole - A digital learning solution for grades 1-6 that offers project-based interdisciplinary programs that include social-emotional learning.
  • GoNoodle - A popular learning tool that incorporates fun interactive videos to help a student’s physical wellness, academic success, and social-emotional health.  
  • Kickboard for Schools - Kickboard offers an abundance of resources for social-emotional learning and tips on how to integrate skills and core competencies into the classroom. 
  • Middle School Confidential - A collection of apps and books designed to help middle school children develop social-emotional learning skills. 
  • Mind Yeti - Guided sessions and videos designed to teach mindfulness to students. 
  • Peekapak - Peekapak offers a social-emotional learning curriculum for PreK-5, including a  portal that allows teachers to track and monitor students. 
  • Quandary - A fantastic game designed to build a student's ethical and critical thinking skills. 
  • QuaverSEL -  Focused on PreK-5 students, QuaverSEL helps decrease classroom challenges, reinforce safety initiatives, improve attendance, and more. 
  • Resilient Educator - Offers resources for educators looking to understand what social-emotional learning is and how to integrate it into the classroom. 
  • Serendipity in Education - A blog by educator Allyson Apsey, who created a “Monday Morning Staff Check-In” to help teachers with their own social-emotional health and to better prepare for the week ahead. 
  • Social Express - Featuring animated interactive lessons that allow users to practice the skills needed to manage real-life social situations in a safe environment.   
  • SuperBetter - An innovative site/app that uses game-based learning to build social-emotional skills such as resilience, interpersonal communication, and mental well-being. 

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