Managing Emotions with Self-Management Skills and Resources

Managing Emotions with Self-Management Skills and Resources

Self-management helps students recognise how different situations influence their behaviour, emotions and judgments enabling them to respond in constructive ways. These resources will support your students in understanding the importance of self-management.

Managing Emotions with Self-Management Skills and Resources

What is Self-Management?

Self-management is one of five components of social and emotional learning. The other components are self-awarenessresponsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness.

Core SEL Competencies Wheel
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) describes self-management as “the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.”

Managing Emotions

Self-management builds on from social awareness. It helps students recognise how different situations influence their behaviour, emotions and judgments. This recognition allows children to respond in constructive ways and manage emotions in demanding situations.

Study skills is another important area of self-management. This includes time management, organisation, and planning. Like with many skills these need to be developed over time. Most young children will not arrive in your classroom with effective study skills.

Characteristics of Self-Management

Students prepared to self-manage are self-motivated, organised and show perseverance. The characteristics, which will exhibit in different ways depending on their age and experiences, include:

  • Manage and control emotions, thoughts, and behaviour in different situations
  • Understand why they feel the way they do
  • Use appropriate strategies for impulse control and regulating emotions
  • Promote perseverance in personal and academic life
  • Uses stress management techniques, such as mindfulness
  • Motivating themselves to persevere in overcoming challenges
  • Understand they need time and motivation to accomplish goals and challenges
  • Understand that failure or mistakes are a chance to learn and improve
  • Set goals, both personal and academic, and work towards them
  • Assess where they are at and create new targets
  • Develop organisational skills and stick to routines

Key Benefits of Self-Management

There are many great reasons for working on self-management skills and strategies.

  • Improved confidence
  • Increased motivation and enthusiasm
  • Increased self-efficacy when setting and achieving goals
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved study skills
  • Having pride and confidence in achievements
  • Improved self-esteem and self-worth
  • Understanding that meeting goals and challenges is not always easy

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Self-Management Teaching Resources

In this section, you will find resources to support your students in understanding the importance of self-management skills. You will find a list of books with resources, short videos, online resources and reading-related questions.

Managing Emotions Picture Books

This collection of books illustrates characters negotiating their emotions, thoughts and actions, using coping strategies during stressful situations and getting personal and academic goals. You can click on the book cover for a synopsis of the book and related online resources. After the list, there is a list of reading questions to use during read-aloud sessions.

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Self-Management Discussion Questions

  • What strategies do you use to self-manage your emotions or behaviour?
  • What makes it difficult for you (or others) to self-manage?
  • How could self-management have a positive impact on your life?
  • How can you help others manage their behaviour or emotions?
  • Why do you think [character] struggled to control their emotions?
  • If [character] had managed their emotions/behaviour who do you think the outcome would have been?
  • What could [character] do to manage their emotions/behaviour?
  • Why was it important that [character] persevered during [task/event]?
  • What strategies could [character] have used to manage their stress?
  • How do you think [character] managed to overcome their challenges?
  • Do you think it was appropriate for [character] to get angry? What would have been a better strategy?
  • Why do you think [character] got so angry/jealous/upset?
  • What would be a good strategy to help [character] deal with their emotions?
  • What could [character] learn from their mistakes?

Self-Management Resources Online

Managing Emotions Videos

These short videos can be used as discussion starters for talking about self-management. Watch the videos before playing them to your students. Some of them are simple while others are more complex or abstract.

What Next?

Let me know how you support your student’s self-management skills in the comments below. You can find a round-up of picture books that illustrate managing emotions in the post 34 Children’s Books on Self-Management.

Further Reading

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