Unit: 2

Speak Up, Speak Out: Classroom Conversations

Speak Up, Speak Out refers to group conversations between students and teachers that address current personal, social and community matters. Based on the five Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) domains developed by CASEL, these dialogues are aimed at engaging adolescents in meaningful discussions while encouraging them to broaden their horizons, discover their inherent strengths and gain a more compassionate understanding of the world they inhabit. For each discussion, we encourage educators to gather students in a circle as a way to create a shared learning environment. Participants are encouraged to express their emotions, listen attentively to the stories of others, and develop an appreciation for the diversity that surrounds them. When done properly, the  dialogue becomes student driven, and the discussion builds upon the students’ thoughts, personal insights and overall group experience. It enables students to recognize the benefits of authentic connection with one another, and challenges them to rise above, go the extra mile and use their voice to stand up for what they believe in.

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2.1 – SELF-AWARENESS

rethink: recognizing emotions

2.2 – SELF-MANAGEMENT

rethink: acting thoughtfully

2.3 – SOCIAL AWARENESS

rethink: perspective taking

2.4 – RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

rethink: generating compassion

2.5 – RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING

rethink: accountability & consequences