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Journaling for Social & Emotional Learning

Everyone’s written in a journal at some point in their lives, whether it was for school or to talk about all of the hopes and fears about growing up. Now, you can write in a journal easily enough – and the benefits have been scientifically proven.

Some of the benefits that you can expect include:

  • Coping with depression

  • Reducing stress

  • Managing anxiety

  • Helping you prioritize what’s going on in your life.

Getting started is a matter of grabbing a journal. It can be something fancy that you buy at the local bookstore or it can be a blank document on your computer. Allow yourself to just write about what’s going on in your life.

Don’t worry about filtering yourself or editing. Just write. Then, go back at the end of the day or the week to read it. You may find that you’re able to gain some insight into your innermost thoughts as a way to help you process what’s happening around you.

You can add this to your classroom by having students prepare a journal entry upon entry or exit from you class.

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