Snail and Puppy are friends

Puppet pals help young students talk about feelings

Snail and Puppy are two puppets from the Second Step curriculum that teachers can use to help younger students talk about emotions.

Snail and Puppy are two puppets from the Second Step curriculum that teachers can use to help younger students talk about emotions. As kids learn to recognize the emotions the two puppet pals are expressing, they can learn to recognize those emotions in themselves and their peers. Snail and Puppy also help demonstrate problem solving skills for dealing with conflict.

“We are so proud of the work that our teachers are doing with Social Emotional Learning and using the Second Step curriculum with our kids,” said Dr. David Hammond, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools. “This was an important piece going into this remote learning model and all the challenges that families are facing right now.”

SEL at middle and high schools

Our middle and high schools are also focused on connecting with students and families.

“The SEL piece is huge,” said Dr. Jennifer Bethman, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools. “Our teachers are doing a great job of taking time to connect with our students, which is really big, and making sure that they have a sense of how kids are doing.”

Bethel Middle School Principal Julie Schultz-Bartlett said her teachers have been using Advisory time several times a week to host virtual “circles” with students.

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