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Free Technology for Teachers: 300+ Printable Comic Templates

Free Technology for Teachers: 300+ Printable Comic Templates | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Make Beliefs Comix  is a great multilingual comic strip creation service that I've featured many times in the past. One of the features o
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Check out the Autism / Emotions page.  Could you use this wiuth your students?
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YoMIND- Mindfulness Exercises

YoMIND helps students connect with their bodies and harness their minds so they can rise above the YoMIND emphasizes the practice of mindful movement and focused…
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Great videos recommended by an EI Tecaher for calming kids down using mindfulness.  
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Develop Good Habits - Build a Great Life - One Habit at a Time

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Build a Great Life - One Habit at a Time
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This website has many articles/ideas about healthy living.  Could these be used with students or clients?
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Mindful Movements With ClassDojo

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Emotions are powerful: they can either overwhelm you, or become your best friend. Take your students on a journey to understand how they can manage their powerful emotions through mindfulness. This set of activities was created in partnership with Yale University's Center for Emotional Intelligence.
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This looks to be a very useful series.
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Restorative Justice with 4th Graders - Part 3 - School Social Work Net

Restorative Justice with 4th Graders - Part 3 - School Social Work Net | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
I have discussed restorative justice here before. In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I described why we are using social circles (the term we use to refer to peace circles) and provided a brief glimpse into the curricula I use. Now that we are ending the year, I will tell you about watching these …
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Descriptive blog about the use of circles in Restorative Justice.
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Here Are The Most Common Lies Told On Social Media [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Here Are The Most Common Lies Told On Social Media [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Here are the most common lies on social media.
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This infographic might yield some interesting discussions with students about internet safety.
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Test Your Awareness : Whodunnit?

Test your Awareness with Do The Test's Whodunnit. Who Killed Lord Smithe? TFL cycling safety advert! How observant are you? How did you do? www.dothetest.co.uk
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A great video to highlight the importance of perception and observatrion.
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Children's Books to Supplement Your Second Step Lessons - School Social Work 

Children's Books to Supplement Your Second Step Lessons - School Social Work  | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
3 1 1 3 I really enjoy using Second Step with my elementary students. The lessons are simple and the scenarios help my students grasp important SEL concepts. However, not all of my students get the concepts right away. Some need to revisit the concepts multiple times and in different ways. I have found the use of stories to be one …
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Good reference list for SEL reading with students. Thanks @schoolsocwork
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20+ Inside Out Clips to Help Teach Children About Feelings - The Helpful Counselor

20+ Inside Out Clips to Help Teach Children About Feelings - The Helpful Counselor | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
The Disney Pixar movie Inside Out was an instant hit at the box office. Children, teens, adults and especial counselors are drawn to the movie’s relatable characters and life challenges. As mentioned above, counselors anticipated the release of Inside Out and how they would be able to use the movie’s themes in their work with children. …
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This page features a number of videos that may help students understand their feelings better.    They might also help create a common vocabulary.
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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects. If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of.

Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. (If you and your students want to learn more about how to use these apps, check out my Google Drive Basics course; more info at the end of this post!)

Via John Evans
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Some of these tools would be awesome to use with students for social emotional learning. The choose your own adventure idea would be great to teach about consequences. Creating the story would lead to rich discussions. The blogging feature might be nice for journaling.  What if students could tell their story in the format of a magazine? These tools allow for unlimited options for self-expression and socio-emotional learning. 
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 21, 2016 9:25 AM

Para ponerse a trabajar en ellas.

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Useful tools for practitioners and educators. Let's keep the kids going in the most productive and fun direction.
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 Keep Kids Active With GoNoodle or Swordkit Kids (Free Technology for Teachers)

 Keep Kids Active With GoNoodle or Swordkit Kids (Free Technology for Teachers) | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
GoNoodle is a free service that is designed to promote physical fitness in a fun environment. GoNoodle features tons of free videos that lead students in short, 2-5 minutes, exercises. These are fun exercises like dancing that can be done in your classroom or at home with parents. GoNoodle provides an online environment in which students track the minutes that they spend exercising. Students choose avatars to represent themselves in the GoNoodle environment. New avatars are available once a student completes enough activity time to reach a new level.
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Would this be good for classrooms of students with ASD and EI?  What about for sensory breaks?
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How to Look Confident Even When You're Not [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How to Look Confident Even When You're Not [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Seeming confident is almost as beneficial as actually being confident. Here are some tricks to boost your mood, or at least fake it.
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Wondering if this could be used with kids with high anxiety, low self-esteem and/or poor confidence?
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Meet the teacher encouraging his students to play Pokémon Go in the classroom

Meet the teacher encouraging his students to play Pokémon Go in the classroom | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Pupils at a school in Australia are being actively encouraged to use Pokémon Go in the classroom, after research showed the game could help rather than hinder their studies. Craig Smith, an academic specialising in Autism research, found that by allowing his pupils to use the augmented reality game in and out of the classroom, their social skills had improved and the children appeared more engaged with their learning.
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I wonder the applications might be for students not on the spectrum.  The nice thing about Pokemon Go is that "everybody" is doing it. So it helps a child with a special need blend in.
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Just Breathe Original Film

Just Breathe Original Film | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
In this beautiful four minute video, kids teach us about handling difficult emotions with breathing and mindfulness.
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Great video on relaxation for kids.  Would lead to great discussion. Wondering if it could be used with SEE-THINK-WONDER CoT routine. #CoTSEL
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Behavior Plan Flow Charts - The Autism Helper

Behavior Plan Flow Charts - The Autism Helper | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Resources, tips, and materials to help you, help children with autism
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While this is a paid resource, the videos are worth watching for ideas about behavior planning.
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Solution Focused Therapy: Key Principles and Case Example Thanks @swcareer

Solution Focused Therapy: Key Principles and Case Example Thanks @swcareer | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Interview with Denise Krause, a Clinical Professor from UBSSW about how to use Solution Focused Therapy with your clients.
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Solution Focused Therapy is positive approach to helping our students and teachers improve their functioning. This is a nice summary of the principles.
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Building Family Engagement with "Cultural Brokering" - School Social Work Net

Building Family Engagement with "Cultural Brokering" - School Social Work Net | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
4 1 8  Ishimaru, A.M., Torres, K.E., Salvador, J.E., Lott, J, II., & Tran, C. (2016). Reinforcing deficit, journeying toward equity: Cultural brokering in family engagement initiatives. American Educational Research Journal, 53(4), 850-882. doi: 10.3102/0002831216657178 What is the study about? Parent-engagement efforts in schools often discount the cultural resources of minority families. This study explored …
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How do you create community with families?
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SuperFlex to the Rescue! - School Social Work Net

SuperFlex to the Rescue! - School Social Work Net | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
1 1 Describe your intervention. What type of student would benefit most from it? How do you use it? SuperFlex is one of many interventions by Michelle Garcia Winner and colleagues at Social Thinking. SuperFlex teaches social skills to students using the universal concept of heroes (SuperFlex himself) and villains (the “Team of Unthinkables”). Students …
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Social Thinking is widely used by social workers.  Super Flex is just one of the many curriculums to teach social thinking. Wondering if there is a better tool for progress monitoring than what the author is using?
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Best in Mental Health (3/6/17 - 3/26/17)

Best in Mental Health (3/6/17 - 3/26/17) | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Best in Mental Health (3/6/17 - 3/26/17) < roundup from around the web covering the latest in social work, mental health, private practice & more
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Thanks @swcareer for sharing.  Lots of great learning at your computer screen!
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Create Comic Strips in Google Slides

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In the following video I demonstrate how to create comic strips in Google Slides.

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Great and easy idea to make comincs.  You could make thhem or have your students make them.  Could use for social skill routines, self-talk strategies, self-expression, etc.  
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Restorative Justice with 4th Graders - Part 1 - School Social Work Thnaks @SchoolSocWork

Restorative Justice with 4th Graders - Part 1 - School Social Work Thnaks @SchoolSocWork | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Really powerful change can come from the ground up in education. The emergence of restorative justice programs in schools across Illinois is, in part, a story of excellent grassroots organizing. New laws (specifically SB 100) have started to force schools to take restorative practices seriously and incorporate restorative justice into the fabric of our discipline. The …
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This blog starts the discussion of incoorportation of Restorative Practices and gives a few principles. It is a good orientation. 
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Attitude of Gratitude: How To Be A Grateful Social Worker - Social Worker Success

Attitude of Gratitude: How To Be A Grateful Social Worker - Social Worker Success | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Today I’ll show you how to be a more grateful social worker. November is here. The month of the year we are reminded to reflect on our blessings and express thanks. Here’s the thing: We can feel grateful and intentionally expressing the feeling year round. If you’re not “practicing gratitude”, you are likely less healthy …
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Maybe you have seen this on the internet?  What about doing it with students?
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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking - TeachThought

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking - TeachThought | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine.

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Team building games and projects are a great way to develop social skills for kids.  Here's some that have been around a while and some newer ones.  Resistant teens respond well to these. 
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Sylvianne Parent's curator insight, February 16, 2016 4:17 PM

Il est difficile pour les élèves dysphasiques de développer ses habiletés sans enseignement explicite. Dans le cadre d'un jeu, l'engagement et l'intérêt peut être un élément facilitateur.  À explorer!

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Michael Phelps Is an Example for Us All

Michael Phelps Is an Example for Us All | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
When Michael Phelps first burst onto the scene, he seemed like the perfect All-American role model. That squeaky clean image was shattered when he got his first
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What a great story that is not publicized in the media.  How might this lead article be used with high school students who might be facing multiple challenges?
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Genograms are a practical tool in social work practice, both in terms of assessment and intervention. Historically, the genogram is most commonly thought of in relation to practice with children, adolescents, and families to explore the quality of relationships and behavioral patterns across generations. In child welfare practice, for example, the genogram is useful to incorporate changes over time, which is particularly helpful in charting shifts in custodial care for instances such as adoption or foster placements (Altshuler, 1999). However, genograms can also be helpful when working with adults and serve as a tool to examine issues of interest beyond family dynamics.
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Genograms are a great way to engage students and obtain information.   While this article shares ways to create one using Microsoft Word, some times paper and marker works best! Consider using this with a group.
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