Self-regulation skills are essential for learning. Research demonstrates that children with strong self-regulation capacities see gains in academic achievement and are better prepared to meet life’s challenges.
That’s why Panorama is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Take 5!, a strengths-based, asset-building social and emotional learning program focused on developing students’ self-regulation skills. Take 5!’s hands-on, practical approach is based on many years of research and professional expertise. Today, Take 5! helps youth and adults develop self-regulation and other critical SEL skills, growing capacity for learning, mental wellness, healthy relationships, and lifelong development.
Now, educators can explore classroom activities from Take 5! in Panorama’s Playbook, an online professional learning community that equips teachers and school leaders with strategies for creating a positive school climate and implementing SEL in K-12 classrooms. Take 5! integrates five building blocks for self-regulation into each Playbook activity:
- Mindful awareness
- Interpersonal effectiveness
- Emotion regulation
Educators can find Take 5’s Playbook activities alongside easy-to-use classroom strategies from other trusted organizations, including Second Step, Transforming Education, Teaching Tolerance, Open Circle, and Character Lab.
The strategies from Take 5! align directly with topics from the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning Survey, including:
- Social Awareness
- Emotion Regulation
An activity called “Freezing the Moment,” for example, provides students with tools to decode events that have spiraled out of control emotionally. Students learn how to reflect on the situation from multiple vantage points and imagine a different response. Educators can customize the instructions to their specific context and turn the activity into a discussion about the experience of primary and secondary emotions (e.g., feeling angry in response to feeling embarrassed).
For educators looking to improve students’ perspective-taking and interpersonal skills, “Storytime: Seeing Inside” is a powerful classroom activity that can fit into existing literacy curriculum. Take 5! offers a list of popular books that educators can use as part of a larger lesson on building empathy through mindful awareness, presence, and considering other points of view.
Panorama’s Playbook connects teachers, counselors, and school leaders to low-lift activities, resources, and research related to emotion regulation, teacher-student relationships, social awareness, self-management, and more. Teachers explore Playbook when they’re looking to take action on their Panorama student survey data on school climate and social-emotional learning.
As schools and districts across the country continue to support students’ social, emotional, cultural and cognitive competencies, we are thrilled to share innovative strategies from expert organizations like Take 5! Find us on Twitter @PanoramaEd to share how you’re implementing these activities in your school or classroom.