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As regular readers know, I’m a big proponent of Social Emotional Learning, and teach many lessons on that topic – both to English-proficient students and to English Language Learners.

Here are two ELL-specific SEL lessons:

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

“I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One)

You can see a zillion “Best” lists on SEL at “Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources.

However, it hasn’t been unusual in my experience for newcomers (see THE BEST RESOURCES TO HELP EDUCATORS TEACH ELL NEWCOMERS) to need some SEL lessons very early in the school year, well before they develop the English to access my ELL SEL lessons (those are accessible to advanced Beginners).

In those cases, I decide that the content is more important for them to learn quickly than using it as an English-language opportunity.

Here are the few resources that I sometimes use (and please let me know of others you know about!):

These two TED Talks – one about the Marshmallow Test and the other about a Growth Mindset – have well-done subtitles (not done automatically by “machine) in multiple languages, so they can work well with students who speak Spanish and other languages:

Here’s another one on a growth mindset:

Mindset Works has several materials in Spanish, including the article I use in one of my ELL lessons on the brain (the link is near the top of this post).

As you can see, this list is pretty short. I just have found very many high-quality Spanish-language SEL materials appropriate for students. Please let me know what I’m missing!