Three SOS Instructional Strategies for Supporting Social Emotional Learning with New Resources from Discover Your Happy

The social and emotional wellbeing of students continues to be a top priority in schools, districts and communities around the country. As families face ongoing challenges and the uncertainties of the future impacts our daily lives, supporting students in their ability to manage their emotions will require access to flexible, digital resources that can reach families where they are.  Discover Your Happy, developed in partnership with LG Electronics USA, serves to equip youth with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create sustainable happiness in their lives.  By providing educators, students and parents with science-based tools that show how happiness can be achieved through learnable skills and practices, students learn to exercise the power they have over their emotions.

In addition to virtual experiences, parent resources, classroom activities and a virtual field trip already available through Discover Your Happy, new resources have just been launched to address three key components that contribute to sustainable happiness – thankfulness, productive disagreements and the power of self-reflection. The newest resources also include a complete digital lesson bundle with a grab-and-go presentation and classroom activities that introduce the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills and encourage students to think about how digital media effects their emotions.

Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) are research-based strategies for integrating Discovery Education digital curriculum resources in meaningful, effective, and practical ways. By using SOS Instructional Strategies to introduce content, students gain a deeper understanding and demonstrate their comprehension of the concepts. Read on to discover how SOS instructional strategies can be utilized to introduce students in grades 7-12 to these additional perspectives for achieving sustainable happiness.

Student Activity: Be Thankful

This first activity invites students to dig deeper into the meaning of gratitude, one of the six sustainable happiness skills. The first step in the activity is for students to consider the definition of gratitude and collaborate with others to discuss the meaning from different perspectives.  SOS Get Your Thinking Hat On is a great option for helping students get started in exploring those perspectives.  Students would be assigned a “thinking hat” to guide how they approach the definition – with the thinker hat, feelings hat, creative hat, the information hat, the positive outlook hat and the judgement hat. This additional guidance helps students think more critically about the meaning of gratitude and ensures the opportunity for quality discussion around definitions approached from different perspectives.

Student Activity: Agree to Disagree

In this activity students learn the importance of the sustainable happiness skill “human connection” and the importance of focusing on respectful disagreements. In the second session, after students have developed an understanding of the difference between unproductive and productive disagreements, students are asked to discuss their thoughts on how human connection contributes to sustainable happiness. SOS Four Corners helps students communicate their thoughts about the topic by having them select a possible opinion by going into the corner of the room where that opinion is displayed and then justify the reason for their selection. By offering four distinct ways in which human connection might impact happiness, students have the opportunity to practice discernment.  This strategy could be easily implemented digitally as well, with four boxes on a studio board or slide.

Student Activity: Judge Less, Reflect More

Students explore another sustainable happiness skill, positive outlook, in this activity by considering how snap judgements can impact happiness. In the first exercise, students are asked to review images and write down the first thing that comes to mind. SOS They Said What? can be added to this initial step, inviting students to dig a little deeper into the perspective of the person in each photo by having them imagine a logical dialogue with the person featured in the photo.  Based on their interpretation of the person’s body language, students can explore those snap judgements more substantially and examine how their snap judgements might lead them to interact negatively with people.

These new resources are timely and address issues students are facing right now. Sharing this content with students and encouraging a focus on social emotional learning helps them take control of their own wellbeing by developing skills that will have a positive impact for years to come.

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