Enter to Win an SEL Coloring Book!

Coloring Book GiveawayThis month we are giving away a copy of Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning (in English or Spanish) to five lucky readers. Kids can reflect, relax, and focus with 36 mindful coloring activities.

To Enter: Leave a comment below with your best tip for integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom.

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The winners will be contacted via email on or around January 27, 2020, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Winners must be US residents, 18 years of age or older.


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140 Responses to Enter to Win an SEL Coloring Book!

  1. DHonegger says:

    I would love to be able to give each teacher on the SEL task force a copy of this coloring book along with colored pencils as a thank you for their resilience and both continuing to be a light of hope in their buildings.

    • Marilyn Alonso says:

      I would love to have your books, because it helps us teachers teach our students how to deal with life lessons. Believe or not we impact our students life every day..
      God Bless,
      Mrs. Alonso
      Spanish Teacher
      Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School

  2. Baila Joy says:

    SEL and Equity are embedded in every lesson I teach via teamwork. There is an opportunity for them to contribute via my curious questioning and as well as support their classmates with encouragement and partnerhsip, which ignites the fun of learning and dulls their sense of dread (I hope- it usually works!)

  3. Deborah Tully says:

    One of the best ways I’ve found to integrate SEL into the teacher preparatory and graduate classes I teach is to model or share a targeted skill and then unpack my thinking (meta-cognitive reflection) for my students. This is than followed by opportunities for them to do the same.

  4. jane bartosz says:

    Be an example of enjoying who I am and what I am doing, even though I make mistakes.

  5. Jill B says:

    I use SEL throughout the day and in every subject. In order to teach, one must model.

  6. brooke beggio says:

    I create hands on highly engaging lessons to integrate social and emotional learning. Building is an excellent alternative entry point for learning. Many of these are art based lessons.

  7. In our Afterschool Programs, we implement SEL through Afternoon Circle meetings!

  8. Karla Schmelzenbach says:

    As a new elementary counselor, I’m in the classroom once/month. Recently, I’ve found students enjoy doing a little bit of roll play to practice the skills we are learning.

  9. Jessica Kadilak says:

    My class enjoys sharing how their feeling each morning. They give a thumbs up, down, or sideways after our “Good Morning” song each day. They then share with the class or a partner how they’re feeling.

  10. Jessica Kadilak says:

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  11. Diane Harper says:

    Starts the minute they enter the room. Asking how they are doing that day and developing a connection with each child.

  12. I find that when your excited about the lesson my students are engage and enjoy it as well. I also include fun learning activities to follow up the lesson.

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  15. Love storytime, singing songs, doing crafts, and coloring along with our book lessons.

  16. i work for a school district and any ideas in how to implement best practices on SEL are extremely welcome. Thank you for providing resources that help create opportunities for our students.

  17. Debbie says:

    Books, games and puppets help with children expressing their feelings/emotions.

  18. Sharon Romeo says:

    We are doing circles to build community during SEL time. I would love some resources in Spanish for our foundational classrooms!

  19. Patricia T. Lubitz says:

    Although it may sound primitive an introduction to my class starts with the rule that there are no dumb questions. I work with students with learning issues who have been scarred by asking questions and being rebuked. I elaborate on this by saying that I can explain things in many ways until we reach an answer that works. This has become an invaluable step in rebuilding trust.

  20. Angie Swartz says:

    Teaching children how to recognize feelings and introducing key vocabulary around problem solving, solution building and emotions. We use the PATHS curriculum and it is amazing!

  21. Caitlin says:

    In my preschool class we have the children flip their pictures every morning and add a colored stick for how they are feeling (happy, sad, scared or angry) they do this with their parents and it starts emotional discussions and also helps us know where they are at first thing.

  22. Jill Curry says:

    I am currently working with Pre-K and K students on the SEL competency of Self-Awareness by reading stories that deal with identifying emotions. I started with the book The Way I Feel by Janan Cain.

  23. Christina McBride says:

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  27. Michael Bank says:

    We have morning meetings in each of our classrooms. SEL is a primary component of these activities. Since we began this, the students have shown an increase in empathetic behaviors and problem solving skills.

  28. Kristi says:

    We are engaging our students in cross grade family meetings this year. Students have opportunities to talk about how they feel and learn about our school core values with staff members as family leaders. It is beautiful to see connections students are making with each other.

  29. Sharon Yee-Garbade says:

    I use a few techniques and resources to help build social emotional skills: Morning Meeting, daily meditation practice in the morning and after lunch, setting up a calm down corner, and having a compliment circle before we go home at dismissal time.

  30. Greeting students and parents at the door made all the difference in the world in my classroom. It started the day off with a positive connection and made everyone feel welcome.

  31. Laura W says:

    What a great opportunity to see your materials.
    Enjoy the information I have received and used thus far.
    Thank you!

  32. Leah Savage says:

    My tip for integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom is to have a “Cool Down Corner” for students who need a moment to feel and release their emotions in a safe, quiet place. Once they are at peace, they can re-join the classroom. This helped my son tremendously in his SEL journey and taught him how to re-direct himself.

  33. KristinHealer says:

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  34. My best tip for integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom is to do a morning meeting which would include:
    – something new that was learned or seen
    – something they may have done out of their comfort zone (best for middle school and up)
    – sharing something from their weekend
    – after sharing open up the circle to 2 questions to further learn about a topic, what happened, or for more information in general in order to allot for enough time for all/all those that want to have time to share
    – recap what we may have learned earlier in the week that has excited us to explore more on our own through reading independently, looking at items on the web or watching nature videos on the subject

    These all together not only strengthen the family feel of the students but also enable those that may be quieter or shy to have an opportunity to open up at their will and become more comfortable within the classroom that will eventually lead to the confidence to speak within larger groups.

  35. Madison Sierer says:

    I do it through class lessons and curriculums, such as Second Step and Emotional ABCs.

  36. Nancy Hatke says:

    As a school nurse I work with students who would benefit from this book.
    i will integrate it into my practice.

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  40. Shannon E Jaeger says:

    In teaching 2nd grade, one of the best ways I’ve found to integrate SEL into the classroom is through read alouds. We read books like The Most Magnificent Thing and talk through the Zones of Regulation as we read many different stories.

  41. Susan Werner says:

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  45. Danielle Hansen says:

    Role play with a puppet or puppets is always a great way to model appropriate and inappropriate responses and emotions with students. It gives a third point of reference for everyone to discuss. The kids also seem to really relate to the puppets and feel like they can “teach” them when they get something wrong, reinforcing the SEL learning for them!

  46. Susan Werner says:

    I think the best thing we do it build relationships and model good, healthy relationships!

  47. Patricia Ward says:

    The best way for integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom is to engage the children in play. The children should be free to explore interact with each other learning how to share individually and in groups. Social emotional is an important part of children’s learning because it helps them regulate their own emotions and behaviors identifying their feeling of being happy, sad, etc. As an educator I feel that social-emotional is a major component of a child’s learning at an early age which will extend in their growth over years leading into positive relationships in adulthood.

  48. Jessica says:

    One of the best & easiest tips I give to teachers/providers to encourage children’s social emotional development is to validate and acknowledge children’s feelings and emotions.

  49. Susan Cudworth says:

    We complete random acts of kindness as an assignment so that students can begin to understand the importance of being kind towards others. Sometimes what goes around comes back and we can have a boost for us too!

  50. Danielle Indri says:

    One of the best ways to integrate SEL is to have morning meetings in the classroom. This not only creates a sense of community, but can be used to address different issues that arise as a class constructively.

  51. Skylar Knight says:

    Write students sticky notes praising behavior you want to see. Don’t make every communication with any student negative. Look for those positive moments, even if they are rare.

  52. Skylar Knight says:

    MODEL the behavior you want to see in students. Move through your own day with compassion and empathy.

  53. Skylar Knight says:

    Sincerely greet each student, each day.

  54. Skylar Knight says:

    Try to use the student’s name as much as possible. It let’s them know you care about them.

  55. Skylar Knight says:

    Start building healthy habits such as a quick breathing exercise at the start of class.

  56. Patti Fisher says:

    Relationship building and connecting with each of the students is a must. Becoming a community which builds off of each other.

  57. Jane Mackesy says:

    Make SEL a part of nearly every lesson. Talking about sharing, being kind, relating it to characters in a story, etc. It should be across the board not an add in.
    Jane
    Retired School Counselor
    Now
    Kearny Prevention Coalition

  58. Wendy Cook says:

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  60. Elizabeth says:

    intentionally teaching

  61. Amy Mead School Nurse says:

    We start our day with brave breaths and a choose love thought for the day. We also remind students every day that we respect ourselves, others and our community. This is such a nice way to start the day, the students are able to take a moment to think about what it means to be a member of our community.

  62. Wendy Cook says:

    Our preschool educators and paras received 1000 Petals Yoga training. It is a great way to teach self regulation.

  63. Christina McBride says:

    One of the biggest ways to integrate social and emotional learning is building relationships with students. Getting to know them and what they like and don’t like. We have a focus time set in our schedule for in the morning and at the end of the day just to check in with the students to see how their day starts and how it finishes.

  64. Donna Fisher says:

    I enjoy using books to help teach social skills. You have many great books that help with this. Thanks,

  65. Megan Lopez says:

    Building relationships with students AND teachers! I love teaching SEL lessons, but I need to involve the teachers in the lesson so they can carry it through the rest of the week!

  66. Shannon Weed says:

    Every child matters- all the time. You have to make them feel loved and important from the very first time you meet them. Sharing stories, laughing together, and being silly with them will help you make strong connections. Setting up your expectations and boundaries from the start is a must and helping children who come to your classroom with trauma or with little experiences need to taught how to act and using social stories, cue cards, and specifically teaching social skills daily is a must.

  67. Anna Wagner says:

    We incorporate SEL into our classroom by building community through our daily morning meetings as well as utilizing different books to help the students understand what feelings are and how we can handle them. We have also started introducing mindfulness and breathing exercises.

  68. Tiffany Caagbay says:

    I like to incorporate the “Learning Ready Brain” check in every day, before I start my classes.

  69. terrislusser says:

    I try to have a one on one moment with each student every day. This builds trust and a relationship where the student feels they can come to me with their problems.

  70. Lynsey Thompson says:

    I work with students in an after school program and we spend a lot of time teaching kids SEL skills through dealing with conflict, sportsmanship, and learning about different values such as generosity and kindness.

  71. Courtney S says:

    We use “Take a Break baskets” within the classroom to encourage social-emotional learning and normalize a space for regulating without having to leave the room. Students take ownership over having different coping skills right at their fingertips!

  72. Lynsey Thompson says:

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  75. melissa olearchick says:

    Counseling Classroom Lessons: facilitate SEL research-based programs into the School Counseling curriculum, help students learn self-regulation and calming down techniques, help students learn and manage their own self-mindfulness through counseling related books and activities.

  76. Sharlene Rogers says:

    Integration must happen throughout the daily curriculum. Not only at specific points in the day. Children also need to see what is being taught modeled. If adults are not practicing the children will not develop the necessary skills.

  77. Tatiana Curtiss says:

    One of the best tools that I’ve found with SEL is to simply have students “find their breath.” Take 30 seconds, have them close their eyes, hand over their heart, feet flat on the floor and just breathe. It instantly brings calm.

  78. Autumn Shaffer says:

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  80. Autumn Shaffer says:

    I integrate SEL learning into all moments by acknowledging emotions, discussing social problems and solutions, incorporating direct teaching, role play, and books.

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  83. We do yoga brain breaks assessing how they are feeling throughout the day. We also use literature whose characters explore different emotions and reactions.

  84. Nell says:

    I love to promote social interaction through the use of educational games! Sharing, turn taking and being a good winner and good loser are all important skills to learn and I believe it’s done best through experience. 🙂

  85. Jackie Gaunt says:

    Monkey see Monkey do. It’s important for educators to practice identifying their own feelings, discussing range of emotions and modeling appropriate ways to handle frustration. Teaching children basic skills like, getting a friends attention, deep breathing and problem solving can really enhance a child’s social/emotional development. Practice also makes perfect and through the use of visuals and role play, children are more likely to feel comfortable with doing the skills they have learned.

  86. Susan Worosz says:

    The best way for integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom is to build positive relationships with your students. Daily “Morning Meetings” definitely help to build community and a sense of belonging. Service learning projects, as well as designing curriculum activities in ELA can address social and emotional issues. Themed Read alouds, mindfulness sessions, brain breaks, and art definitely are ways to implement SEL, too.

  87. Colleen Wey says:

    Building relationships, social skills and community through Morning meetings.

  88. Theresa Anderson says:

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  90. Theresa Anderson says:

    For each letter the Kindergarten classes are reviewing I share a feeling word with the class and we learn that feeling word. So a new feeling word (or more) each week. Some weeks the classes then practice drawing how that face will look on a blank face under a page protector so they can change the face. Helps with learning to recognize feelings.

  91. Recognizing one’s own feelings (which leads to recognizing and controlling one’s own behavior) is key first. Then teaching empathy and tolerance, while showing respect for self and others comes next. “Feelings faces “charts (can tie to emojis) help the child identify words that are acceptable, (Angry, lonely, sad, confused, worried) and how they vary in degrees. Acceptance is key, moving out of a funk may or may not be the choice or a possibility, but each step towards self knowledge and identifying with others is key.

  92. Krystal Coleman says:

    At our inclusive preschool we use Kimochi’s, which is a social emotional curriculum. Our inclusion specialist goes into the classrooms 1x/wk to teach a new emotion/feeling, a new social skill, how to be a kind friend, etc. Then each day in circle time the teachers review what was learned practice the new skill or model the feelings/emotions. Every day we see the children utilizing the skills they learn from Kimochi’s! They soak up the information so quickly and easily which is so fun to watch and be apart of! Thank you for providing such wonderful resources that not only help us teach our children, but help us become better teachers!

  93. Ashley Ann says:

    I follow on Pinterest 🙂

  94. Lisa and Caine says:

    My Morning Meetings focus on SEL. As a 3 – 5 Division, we meet once a week and have a SEL focus Division Meeting. This has helped our division really bond as a community.

  95. Karen Chin says:

    We start our day with a morning yoga, those who wish to participate and those who don’t do a little meditation 🌞

  96. Mary says:

    We are learning how to use the Mood Meter – great way to think about emotion management. Can do this at the beginning of a class to help set the tone.

  97. Susan Campbell says:

    We use books and games and we talk about emotions daily. We use your books and send the books home so they can read them with their family.

  98. Gretchen K. Cauble says:

    We sing our names/classmates names every day at circle time. It’s a way to learn each other’s names and it is nice to hear your classmates sing your name!

  99. Ashley Ann says:

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  101. some children don’t know how to express their feelings. One reason can be that they where not taught or they are scaried to express how they feel. Each day I try and express and show how we can feel happy, sad angry and never to be afraid to tell someone how you are feeling

  102. Ashley Ann says:

    I like to integrate it with books! You can identify the feelings and actions of characters to help students make connections.

  103. Terry Baker says:

    Dedicated time for focused SEL instruction with reinforcement during everyday activities.

  104. Shazia says:

    We have a calm down area. Students can recognize their emotions and self manage.

  105. Lanina Lopez says:

    In my classroom we use the second step program. One part of this is the use of puppets. The children get to see them interact together, solve problems and express their feelings

  106. Beth says:

    One way I like to integrate SEL in the classroom is through morning meetings.

  107. Jennifer Viets says:

    In addition to peace corners in every room it’s important to have a larger space where young people can deescalate. Coloring books can help in those spaces!

  108. Lauren Cummins says:

    It appears that all ideas shared so far are part of social emotional learning! At the core of all great ideas is a teacher who understands the development of the young child and can create a learning environment that is positive and affirms each child in who they are. One idea I have used is the Way-to-Go! Mailbox. Each child makes their own mailbox. The teacher and the students can add mail to any child’s mailbox affirming something they see a child do or say that supports the classroom community. A lesson is provided before the mail begins to talk about what builds a classroom environment. Everyday, the teacher asks children who received mail to share something from their mailbox. The teacher then discusses these positive attributes, writes the attribute on a sentence strip and adds it to the bulletin board called; We are a Caring Community. Through this experience they teacher needs to be sensitive to all children, making sure all children are affirmed through mail each month!

  109. Karen Greenberg says:

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  111. Karen Greenberg says:

    To address social/ emotional needs in the classroom, I love to see “cool down corners.” Every student needs a break now and then, and having a place already set up that is inviting and provides needed breaks is just smart teaching.

  112. Rita Toney says:

    Using different color sticky notes and writing the “feeling” and putting in on the Me Today board.

  113. Veronica Lee says:

    I love SEL and this coloring book can assist students in focusing less on externalizing behaviors and focus on self-regulation.
    Veronica Lee
    Elementary School Counselor
    Jacksonville, FL

  114. Katie Gindin says:

    Wow! This looks fantastic! This taps into the child’s creativity as a source of empowerment and expression. Neat!

  115. Eve says:

    I use yoga and breathing activities. I have developed my own style of bringing accessible mindfulness into classrooms especially working in sub separate classrooms k-12 and also at the high school level with students with emotional problems, high drop out or teen pregnancy

  116. Tabassum Sheikh says:

    My daughter loves coloring she is an especial need child who loves putting her hands on color.
    She gets happy and excited.
    I would like to win for her it’s help her socially and emotionally to connect with the inner n outer world of her’s
    Thank you

  117. I integrate social and emotional learning in the classroom by encouraging teachers to provide and utilize cozy one person areas, feelings charts which take physiological stress response into account, and accommodate children experiencing emotional distress by varying activities to capture their interests and meet their needs. In addition, providing trauma informed and culturally responsive psycho education to parents and teachers in order to improve their understanding of children’s social and emotional needs is critical.

  118. Andrea Abadie says:

    Using a feeling thermometer with coping skills to assist children in recognizing an emotion and choose a coping skill

  119. Susan Smith says:

    I have made a chart for the classroom that has pictures of children with all the different emotions on their face. When the children come into the classroom each morning they take a clothespin with their name on it and put it on the emotion that they are feeling at that time. The children have the opportunity to move their clothespin during the day as their emotions and feelings change. Parents have asked me to make charts so they can use them at home.

  120. Integrating animals and humane education reaches more students than anything else, bar none! Visit http://www.CanineCommandos.org to see what our schools do for shelter animals while learning compassion and empathy!

  121. J Lindsay says:

    I love using language and stories embedded in content classes along with once a week in SEL classes. Kids learn best through relevant stories and active participation. Middle School, Grades 5 – 8

  122. Tamuriel Grace says:

    Integrate SEL into the classroom by modeling it everyday. Create an equitable caring learning environment where student voice is heard and acknowledged. Students are active participants in the classroom and they can learn from each other by their strengths and through character education.

  123. Teresa Vance says:

    Best way to integrate SEL into the classroom is through the use of classroom community circles, where students have time to check in and connect with one another.

  124. Terri Cross says:

    One of the ways we integrate SEL in the classroom is through the use of feeling faces and Calming tools in our Safe Space in each classroom.

  125. M Kretschman says:

    Start your day with an emotion check in. It helps to gauge where students are emotionally and helps students to gain skills with identifying emotions. It’s foundational to self-awareness and self-management.

  126. Jennifer Nordall says:

    Each day we face the students who are struggling with their own emotions, personal stories, and experiences, that best piece of advice is to begin each day with a smile and hello to our students; it may just change their outlook on their entire day!

  127. Rebecca Flora says:

    I like to start/finish classes with a moment or 2 of quiet reflection. At the end of class, students write a word or 2 about how they are feeling. I can then asses the group and make the next day’s reflection on something relevant.

  128. Marie Davis says:

    I feel like its best to incorporate social emotional learning by having an area in the classroom where the kids can calm their bodies and go to if they are having conflicts. This area should be soft, welcoming and peaceful and have books and other calm down materials.

  129. Tamara Fulkerson says:

    I use all you posters on line to decorate my door. I work with students on their friendships

  130. Melissa says:

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  133. Renee says:

    Morning meetings are a great way to incorporate SEL

  134. Melissa says:

    I have a lot of games that build social emotional learning or twists on common games like simon says focused on emotional intelligence or social skills!

  135. Yolande Howrie says:

    I love a good body break to feel the feelings

  136. Adon Polatka says:

    I integrate social and emotional learning into my English as a Second Language classroom by having students reflect on their weekends through writing and speaking and then sharing with a small group.

  137. Nini Engel says:

    I enter these all the time and I’ve never won yet. Pick me, pick me!!

  138. Marilyn Alonso says:

    I love your books, because it helps us teachers teach our students how to deal with life lessons. We have a big influence on the children we teach. Sometimes you are it in their life.
    God Bless,
    Mrs. Alonso
    Spanish Teacher
    Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School

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