Springfield Public Schools - Home

Social Emotional Learning

HomeSEL StandardsPK-12 SEL CommitteeBBSS
Social Goals

"When planning lessons, we craft two types of goals — academic and social. Having dual goals ensures that both of the things we value — how students are working together and what they are learning — are given equal attention during our teaching." ~ Peter Brunn, The Lesson Planning Handbook: Essential Strategies That Inspire Student Thinking & Learning (p. 49)

We invite you to add a social goal based on the 3 Illinois SEL Standards and/or the Social Emotional Competencies to every academic goal. 

Examples of Social Goals Stated As Questions

How can we agree or disagree respectfully in discussions?

How might we share work equally?

What tools can we use to help extend one another's thinking?

How can we give and receive peer feedback respectfully?

How can we listen to one another respectfully?

How can we reach agreement?

Source: The Lesson Planning Handbook Essential Strategies That Inspire Student Thinking and Learning, Peter Brunn 

Video Resources

Building Class Culture with Social Goals

In this video, from the Teaching Channel, you will see middle school students developing their social goal for the lesson and self-reflecting at the end of class.