4 Teaching Strategies to Increase Self Awareness in the Classroom
By Reem Zohny
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important element of any school, not in the least an Islamic school. One of the components of SEL is Self-Awareness. There are easy ways to integrate self-awareness in any classroom and subject. Below are four strategies that can work as a starting point for increasing self-awareness for students.
1. Take opportunities to connect lessons back to real life.
In any lesson, whether it be math, science, or P.E., find a way to relate it back to students’ lives. Using current events, primary sources, and cultural references, make the material more relevant and encourage students to think of the material as it relates to them. If discussing a time in the history of social change, encourage students to think of a time when they sought a change in their daily lives and how they went about it. These parallels can help them connect to the material as they also reflect on their own process of engaging in personal change. The self-reflection will, in turn, assist in increasing their self-awareness.
2. Help students set individual goals.
3. Increase metacognition (ability to think about your thinking)
4. Practice mindfulness meditation.
Reem Zohny, LMSW, Social Worker and Counselor at Austin Peace Academy