- Learning How to Use SEEL
There are 5 principles central to SEEL instruction. It is necessary for you to familiarize yourself with them.
- SEEL in different contexts
- Organizing SEEL in the classroom
It pays to be organized! A bit of planning before the school year begins will enable you to implement SEEL more smoothly throughout the school year. Although SEEL can be used in whichever way you desire, a suggested plan has been provided here.
- Identify or create Activity Plans to teach each target or write own Activity Plans. If possible, integrate Activity Plans with rest of curriculum.
- Identify resources needed for chosen Activity Plan and create a master list.
- Decide which resources you'd like parents to donate and create a list. Include dates at least 2 weeks before each resource is needed.
- Provide bins for parents to place donated items and a checklist for parents to check them off.
- Organize resources into separate bins for each target/groups of targets as desired.
- Involving Parents
We believe that involving parents in a child's education is important. Following is a suggested means of involving parents in SEEL, both in and out of the classroom.
- Introduce parents to SEEL at the earliest opportunity, with an informational pamphlet and an invitation to a beginning of the year family SEEL carnival.
- Hold a family SEEL Carnival
- Give parents and students a flavor of SEEL.
- Create a sense of community amongst parents and teachers.
Hold a SEEL parent meeting.
- Teach parents to use SEEL at home.
- Invite parents to volunteer in the classroom.
If resources are available, provide a babysitting service during this meeting to maximize the number of parents able to attend.
- Suggested format of parent meeting:
- PowerPoint presentation
- Volunteer sign-up sheet
- Hold a parent volunteer training meeting.
- Inform parents who have volunteered to lead class center activities of their responsibilities and give tips on working with small groups of students in the classroom.
- Inform parents who have volunteered to create materials for center and home activities of their responsibilities.
- Train parents in the classroom.
- Train parents to work with small groups of students in the classroom.
- Organize Friday Folders/Home Activities
- Give students extra exposure and individualized support for targets.
- Involve parents in their child's education.
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