SEL 1A: Self-Awareness; Emotion These kids are DEVELOPING!


(11-12) Describe how changing the interpretation of an event can alter how they feel about it, use self-reflection to make sure the intensity of their emotions is in line with the situation.

Forum Segment One:

This week, you received information on Erikson's Eight Developmental Stages and Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development. Look through the Social Emotional Standards and take notes on how you can anticipate the kids ability to learn the objectives.


(K-2) Recognize and label their emotions. Describe situations that make them feel emotions.

(3-5) Recognize intensity levels of emotions and how they can change. Describe ways their emotions impact their behavior.


The children you will be working with are in a variety of developmental stages. It's important that you keep in mind that the K-2 are still very egocentric while the 3-5th graders are learning the impact they have on others.

This means that YOUR approach with them will have to adjust.

As you enter into the school, you will see the developmental stages very clearly! The ability to reach beyond themselves and see how their behavior impacts others will become much clearer as they near 5th grade.

For the K-2, be patient. Use the empathy cards, and remember that their focus on the "self" enables them to bounce back quicker than the older kids. They will be mad at a friend and two minutes later be inseparable. That's the developmental stage at work.

The 3-5 kids will understand the impact their words have, which will make it easier for you to help them understand. On the flip side, when they have hurt feelings, they stick around longer. Normalize it for them, share a story of when you experienced something similar.