Short Films to Teach (and Promote) Social Emotional Learning

I use films and the media as a text in my classroom for reading, discussion, and teaching points. Social emotional learning is at the forefront these days to help students develop as human beings. There are many tenants of SEL and four overarching themes include: promoting growth mindset (self awareness and self management), supporting mindfulness and building relationship skills, responsible decision making, and promoting social awareness.

Here are some of my favorite films that address themes within social emotional learning that can be utilized in the classroom as a teaching tool

Being “different” and accepting others who are different:

Perseverance:

Mindfulness

Examining Prejudices and Biases

Courage, Kindness, & Compassion

Designing a “Better World”

Emotional Regulation

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