Zaner-Bloser Mindscapes Becoming Our Best Selves

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Program Resources

Learn more about Mindscapes: Becoming Our Best Selves in the following downloadable resources and on-demand videos. You can also explore frequently asked questions below.

Program Sampler

Component Samples

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Activity Cards English
Grades K–2 Sample
Grades 3–5 Sample

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Activity Cards Spanish
Grades K–2 Sample
Grades 3–5 Sample

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Teacher Journal
Teacher Journal Sample

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Professional Development Videos

Library of videos includes an introduction to the curriculum from the authors plus thoughts on each Mindscape. Demonstration videos show Mindscapes at work in the elementary classroom.

Mindscapes Overview Videos
Author Introduction – Watch Video
Sunrise – Watch Video
Pond – Watch Video
Lightning – Watch Video
Mountain – Watch Video
Rainfall – Watch Video
Forest – Watch Video

Classroom Demonstration Videos
Grade 2 – Watch Video
Grades 2–3 Spanish – Watch Video

SEL Webinars

Watch on-demand recordings with educators discussing the importance of SEL for academic learning. Learn practical tips for incorporating social-emotional best practices into the school day.

Explore Frequently Asked Questions

See some of the common questions about Mindscapes: Becoming Our Best Selves.

What kind of time commitment does Mindscapes require?

Mindscapes lessons and activity cards can easily be incorporated into daily instruction in about 10–15 minutes per day. The Mindscapes approach is most effective when students have opportunities to revisit the process/practice and vocabulary for reinforcement. Look for opportunities to reference skills and competencies throughout the day!

Is Mindscapes aligned to CASEL competencies?

Yes, activities included in each of the six Mindscapes align to one or more of the five CASEL competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.

Do the Mindscapes have to be completed in a particular order?

The suggested program order, based on the introductory lessons, is as follows: Sunrise, Pond, Lightning, Mountain, Rainfall, Forest. However, this order is optional. See the section on Flexible Instructional Pathway for additional information.

How does the program change across grade levels?

Although the same Activity Cards are used across a given grade band (K–2 or 3–5) and the same six Mindscapes are used across grades K–5, how students respond and engage with the activities will change as they continue to grow and evolve.

How does Mindscapes support diverse and multilanguage learners?

The Teacher Guide includes a wealth of information for supporting a diverse community of learners at school and home. Topics include adjusting instruction to accommodate students at different grade levels, those requiring more or less challenge, and varying levels of mobility.

Mindscapes also provides many opportunities to build and deepen the school-home connection so Multilingual Learners can practice the language and skills with the adults closest to them.

How does assessment work in Mindscapes?

Assessment of students’ social-emotional learning growth requires an observational approach. Mindscapes suggests a variety of strategies for monitoring students’ SEL growth on a daily or weekly basis, at the end of each Mindscape, and at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.

Joyful Beginnings

Every day is an opportunity to embrace positivity! Whether it’s back to school or back from lunch, you can empower your students to start fresh with a can-do attitude and a renewed commitment toward participation, appreciation, and inclusion.

Download our SEL Joyful Beginnings: 5 Ways to Reframe Social-Emotional Learning PDF to get started!

Find more resources and insight from authors Pam Allyn and Dr. Ernest on Zaner-Bloser’s SEL Hub.

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