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The Flexible SEL Classroom
Practical Ways to Build Social Emotional Learning in Grades 4–8

ISBN 9781138302563
Published October 2, 2017 by Routledge
120 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Help middle school students tackle daily challenges both in and out of the classroom. In this new co-publication from Eye On Education and AMLE, author Amber Chandler offers practical strategies for incorporating social emotional learning into your instruction so students can learn to successfully manage their emotions, set goals, build relationships, and make good decisions. Grounded in classroom experience, her advice can be adapted to suit different needs, so you can create a Flexible Classroom and reach all learners. Topics include:

  • Encouraging academic risk-taking without causing stress or fear of failure;
  • Helping students to self-manage through technology and other tools;
  • Teaching self-awareness through solution statements, metacognition, and effective communication;
  • Modeling responsible decision-making and empathy to create a more tolerant classroom environment;
  • Building relationship skills and encouraging students to be Upstanders; and
  • Emboldening students to become more socially aware and cognizant of bias.

Bonus: Downloadable versions of some of the handouts in this book are available on the Routledge website at, so you can print and distribute them for immediate classroom use.

Table of Contents



Meet the Author



Chapter 1: The Truth About Grades and the Importance of Risk-Taking

Chapter 2: Keeping All the Balls in the Air: The Importance of Self-Management

Chapter 3: Escaping the Echo-Chamber: Teaching Self-Awareness

Chapter 4: Whatever Happened to After-School Specials: aping the Eco-Chamber: Teaching Self-Awareness-TakingPreparing Students for Responsible Decision-MakingPreparing Students for Responsible Decision-Making

Chapter 5: Relationship Skills: Don’t Let Them Get Your Goat

Chapter 6: Social Awareness: We All Have to Try


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Amber Chandler is a National Board Certified middle school teacher in the Frontier Central School District in New York. She is a frequent writer for MiddleWeb, ShareMyLesson, AMLE Magazine, and other educational resources. She is also author of The Flexible ELA Classroom: Practical Tools for Differentiated Instruction in Grades 4–8. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter at @MsAmberChandler.


"There is a definite need for this book. Mindful schools, mindfulness in teaching, and social-emotional learning are all key topics. The book is written from the heart. Whether you’re a preservice, mid-career, or veteran teacher, the sooner you can get a copy of this book, the better." – Linda Biondi, Teacher, Robbinsville, NJ

"Amber Chandler has a unique and important message for educators about social emotional learning--what it is and how to develop it. She shows us, clearly and practically, how to connect our roles as teachers of academic subjects with helping students learn how to be "good at life."" - Ariel Sacks, Middle School ELA Teacher, Blogger, and Author