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Review :: Julia Cook Books

One of my favorite authors for social-emotional learning is Julia Cook. She has a book for almost every single type of behavior or situation I encounter as a school social worker and they’re great for on-the-go lesson planning when I’m scrambling to make time to plan. Best of all, my students love the books and actually pay attention while we’re reading and talking about them. What’s not to love? Here are a few of my favorites:






Do you have any favorite books for teaching social-emotional skills?

Disclaimer: I didn’t receive any compensation for reviewing these books. I just own all of them and love using them with my students! However, the links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links, so if you buy them from Amazon through these links, I get a little extra money to help pay for the blog/hosting/etc!

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New Product :: Social Skills Rubrics

These rubrics were designed to help counselors, teachers, social workers, or SLPs keep track of a student’s progress on school success, problem-solving, friendship, feelings, communication, and self-esteem goals. Each individual set includes 7 rubrics in both a teacher and student version (for a total of 14 rubrics + 2 blank ones to customize).

Rubrics are presented in PDF and editable Microsoft Powerpoint Format, so the wording can be customized to fit your students’ ability levels and needs. Also, you can use Powerpoint’s printing settings to print multiple rubrics per page. Great for when you have multiple students working on the same goal!

If you’d like to save a little money, you can download the Complete Social Skills Rubric Pack for a discount! It includes 42 rubrics in both a teacher and student version (for a total of 84 rubrics + 2 blank ones to customize). The following skills are included:

Enjoy 🙂

School Success Social Skills Rubrics

School Success Skills
– Following Directions
– Work Completion
– Remaining On-Task
– Asking Questions
– Being Prepared
– Attendance
– Following School Rules

Problem Solving Social Skills RubricsProblem-Solving Skills
– Debugging
– Tattling and Reporting
– Compromise
– Point of View
– Fact and Opinion
– Dealing with Disagreements
– Dealing with Gossip

Friendship Social Skills Rubrics

Friendship Skills
– Choosing Friends
– Feeling Left Out
– Being a Good Sport
– Apologizing
– Taking Turns
– Giving a Compliment
– Accepting a Compliment

Feelings Social Skills Rubrics

Feelings Skills
– Feelings Identification
– Reading Body Language
– Responding to Negative Emotions
– Feelings Demonstration
– Expressing Feelings
– Dealing with Anger or Frustration
– Dealing with Anxiety

Communication Social Skills Rubrics

Communication Skills
– Introducing
– Having a Conversation
– Talking on Topic
– Interrupting
– Conversation Body Language
– Personal Space
– Mental Filtering

Self-Esteem Social Skills Rubrics

Self-Esteem Skills – some skills offered as a freebie
– Positive Self-Talk
– Goal Setting
– Understanding Strengths
– Dealing with Peer Pressure
– Dealing with Mistakes
– Self-Reflection (Complete Pack only – not in freebie)
– Working in a Group (Complete Pack only – not in freebie)


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New Product :: Social Emotional “I Can Cards”

Combo Cover

Even though social workers and counselors aren’t required by most schools to use common core in their individual and group counseling sessions, there has been a huge push in the educational community for states to adopt Social Emotional Learning standards instead.

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL has been shown to promote students’ academic success, health, and well-being, while also preventing problems such as alcohol and drug use, violence, truancy, and bullying. It also reduces emotional distress and conduct problems.

So far, Illinois is the only state to officially comprehensive, free-standing standards , but many other states such as Washington, Idaho, Nebraska, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont are in the process of creating their own or using variations on the Illinois standards, while all others have some goals or benchmarks integrated into state academic standards. For more information, check out the CASEL website!


This download includes 339 4 x 6 cards from the warm setcool set, and printer-friendly set depicting “I can” statements for the following Illinois social-emotional learning standards. However, they are presented in Microsoft Word format so the text can be easily changed to fit other states’ standards or to adjust the wording for your students.

Combo Goals

They are designed to be used to help students know exactly what types of skills and knowledge they are expected to learn, or can be used as a reference for you as you develop social-emotional IEP goals or intervention plans.

There is 1 card listing each goal (3 total per set):

Social Emotional "I Can Statements"

1 card listing each standard (9 total per set):

Social Emotional "I Can Statements"

and several (101 per set) for each performance indicator under each standard (early elementary, late elementary, middle/jr. high, early high school, and late high school). Skills are presented in age-appropriate language depending on the performance indicator level.Social Emotional "I Can Statements" Social Emotional "I Can Statements"