Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds

I am a teacher & designer. Connecting with students & seeing them enjoy learning is my favorite feeling on earth! I hope you enjoy this article!

7th Grade Social Emotional Choice Board Tutorial for Teachers

Build your own Social Emotional Choice Board for 7th Grade in minutes! Keep kids engaged & learning using these tactics & templates
To use a choice board in your 7th Grade Classroom during Social Emotional you will need to create the Social Emotionalchoices (there are lots of examples), organize the classroom, and have a goal;

Time-saving, differentiation, and dynamic classroom management are my favorite reasons to use a choice board!

Integrating choices every day you will need to hone in on the best way to apply 7th Grade Social Emotional choice boards to your classroom style!

Here are a few ideas and instructions on choices, classroom management and getting buy-in from your7th Graders

Ideas & Examples of Great 7th Grade Social Emotional Choices

Gratitude Journaling Prompt
Write 3 things you’re thankful for today & why. Be specific! Show how they made your day better.
Mindful Breathing Exercise
Sit comfortably, close your eyes. Breathe in slowly through your nose, count to 4. Hold for 1 sec, exhale through your mouth to count of 6. Repeat calmly.
Compliment Chain Activity
Write a nice thing about a classmate on a strip of paper, link it into a chain, and see our kindness grow!
Empathy Role-Play Scenario
Imagine a friend is sad because they lost a game. Act out how you’d listen and comfort them. Show understanding without judging or trying to fix it right away.
Positive Affirmation Creation
Write kind, true statements about yourself, like ‘I am smart and kind,’ to boost confidence and happiness. Repeat them daily to feel great!
Friendship Goals Collage
Create a collage of pictures and words that show what true friendship means to you. Include images of activities, traits, and goals that represent strong bonds.
Kindness Bingo Challenge
Kindness Bingo: Do good deeds on the card! Help someone, give a compliment, pick up litter, etc. Complete a row to win. Spread joy & make friends smile!
Emotion Charades Game
Emotion Charades: Act out a feeling without words, others guess! Be creative, no talking, use body language & facial expressions. Have fun guessing!
Stress-Busting Yoga Poses
Try these easy yoga poses: Child’s Pose to relax, Cat-Cow to stretch your back, and Warrior to build strength. They calm your mind and help you feel less stressed!

Using a Choice Board to Differentiate Social Emotional in a 7th Grade Classroom

Keep It Simple

Everyone “teacher & student” should know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t make it even easier! 

Differential Instruction vs Saving time?

There is nothing more irritating than “Saving Time” with a Choice Board & ending up with “More work!”.  Are you using this to hit standards or save time or both? 

"Self Guided" or "instruction-based"?

If you giving out work, should they do it on their own or are these more instructions for each choice?

General rule, if the grade is > 3 there is more work per choice.

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How To Manage Your 7th Grade Classroom During Social Emotional (With a Choice Board)

I find its easiest to use a big board at the front of the classroom where all students can see the choices  then decide what they want to do

This often will be coming in from a break or transition between subjects. 

If you can get all students to know whats expected during a choice activity it becomes one-hundred times easier to manage the class & have everyone know what choices they have!  

There are three core steps you have to hit when using a Choice Board; 

1) The Set Up
The Instruction 
3) The Q+A 

1) The Set Up

Select your choices, decide on how you are going to use this time in your classroom. Build the choice board

1) The Instruction

Tell the students what they are going to be doing (this becomes easier over time) Simply start with 3 options & move from there. 

1) The Q & A

Does anyone have questions? This will help you or the next time. Remember the goal is to make this easier each time! 

Why Use A Choice Board?

So, let’s chat about choiceboards and why they’re like the coolest thing ever in your classroom. 

Picture this: kiddos bouncing into the room, eyes lighting up because they get to pick their own adventure in learning new words.

 It’s like a mini vocab party, and everyone’s invited!

We all have our own jam, right? Some of us are little artists, others are born performers, and some love to get lost in stories. Choice boards are like a buffet of fun learning snacks, so every munchkin finds something tasty that helps the vocab stick!

And here’s the kicker – when the little ones get to steer the ship, they turn into these mini captains of learning. They’re making the calls, and with every choice, they puff up a bit more with confidence. It’s a win-win – they’re learning and feeling like the boss at the same time.

Plus, for us teachers, it’s like having a secret helper in the room. We get to sprinkle in all sorts of activities that match our students’ levels and what makes their hearts tick. It’s like custom-making a learning playlist that gets every kid grooving to the vocab beat. How cool is that?