Grade Level: 
PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Definitions and activities for learning about and engaging with the SEL core competency self-management through community and generosity.

SEL Definition of Self-Management

According to CASEL
(Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

​​​"The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals."

According to Learning to Give - SEL in the context of teaching generosity:

"The ability to regulate your words and actions in how they impact the community and those around you."

Activities to grow Self-Management skills through Community and Generosity:

Mindful Minute Activity 

Ask your group: What are some ways you can give back to your community? Here are a few examples:

  • Use geometry to construct a wheelchair ramp at the nature center.
  • Analyze water samples upstream and downstream from a manufacturing plant on the river and communicate your results to raise awareness of a pollution issue.
  • Create trail maps for a community park.
  • Collect, interpret, and share statistics to advocate for new recycling services.
  • Inform people about mental health issues with persuasive writing.
  • Learn and play card games with people at a retirement home.  

Reflect with the group on some of the ideas generated, listen to others, and talk about whether the ideas use time, talent, or treasure or a combination of these.

Use the Mindful Minute video below to help your students through this activity. If you'd rather, set a timer for 1 minute on your own, and ask participants to close their eyes and focus on only this question, “What can I do for my community by using my time, treasure or talent?” After the minute is over, they will write down or verbally share some of the ideas they came up with.

Mindful Minute - An Activity to help young people understand Self-Management

SMART Goal Activity 

SMART Goal Activity: Pick one of the ideas you came up with from the mindful minute activity above and write a SMART goal. This goal will be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Use this template from See example in the handouts below. 

SMART goals: LTG connection to SEL competency Self-Management

Service-Learning Project Idea 

Boosting Happiness Through Neighborhood Art: A service project from home! Lift others’ spirits with kind messages and art in windows and on sidewalks. Back up kind messages with a little investigation of what makes people happy.

Additional Social Emotional Learning in Community Resources

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