Unit: 2

Speak Up, Speak Out: Classroom Conversations

This unit focuses on the power of conversation and underscores the value of each individual’s unique insights and experiences. Each conversation aims to get participants thinking about previously held biases in hopes that by doing so they’ll be able to broaden their horizons and more openly consider the perspectives of others. This ability will allow them to develop healthier relationships, make more responsible choices and gain a more compassionate understanding of the world.

Each activity targets specific personal, social and community matters by drawing on the five primary Social and Emotional Learning domains (Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making). Each dialogue is conducted in a shared learning environment that encourages participants 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 discussion builds upon the thoughts, personal insights and overall group experience, enables participants 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.

Get started by selecting an activity below.

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