Playful SEL: Game-like Ways to Explore Values with Students

For ADVISORS,  teachers, deans, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and administrators in middle school, high school, and higher education

Living in accordance with personal values is an important part of wellbeing. In this workshop, participants will learn to use the “Values and Questions” card decks, which invite students into conversations about the values they want to enact in school and beyond. The cards create a playful context in which students can notice new possibilities for how to approach their learning, work, and relationships. The games also help students open up, connect with peers and adults, and move past conflict. We’ll spend most of our time exploring the cards themselves as well as the psychological science behind how they work. We’ll also discuss how we might use game-like activities in advisory, counseling, family conferences, and disciplinary settings to encourage values exploration and social connection.

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© Lauren Porosoff and Jonathan Weinstein, 2021