The Different Avenues Blog

Updated: Feb 11

Program development and execution is difficult. Some of the difficulty comes from figuring out what metrics to use as measurement. If you're trying to implement a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program in your elementary school, you need this resource.

In many ways, the State of Ohio is ahead of the curve regarding Social Emotional Learning. So much so that they have develop state standards for social emotional learning.

Administrators, Counselors, School Psychologists, and Special Educators

We took the State of Ohio Standards based on The Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL, 2017), and made it measurable.

The implementation worksheets collect data specific to SEL activities/goals and are designed around the 5 competencies; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Districts are now starting to develop School-based Intervention Teams (SBIT) and this resource gives the perfect framework to evaluate student SEL performance in this SBIT setting.

Measurement and Data

Data, data, data!! It's such a huge deal in the world of special education and also for administrators. Worksheets are broken down into sections A-E. In each section the evaluator uses a 0-5 scale with 0 meaning that a students particular skill is not demonstrated or observed. Worksheets auto-calculate progress towards overall competency in an easy to understand way. Percentages automatically transfer to a printable sheet to share simple data with parents and/or administrators. If you're savvy with spreadsheets, you can easily change the scale's rating, allowing you to use a 0-2, 0-3, or an other combination of the scale. If you're not savvy, reach out to us after your purchase and we'll make the change for you.

Grade Levels

This pack includes measurement worksheets for both Kindergarten to 2nd grade and 3rd to 5th grade.

Many special educators have caseloads that cross multiple grade levels. When you get this resource, you have the complete Kindergarten to 5th Grade worksheet sets, making implementation at the elementary school level easy.

Get this resource by clicking this link!


Updated: Feb 11

What we call the "Creative Ignition" worksheet series helps spark imagination and creativity while tackling writing skills for an all-inclusive exploration of fun for Kindergarten to Second Grade!

Learners will start at the writing prompt, develop ideas to finish the sentence with their own short paragraph, and draw out what the short story they've come up with.

The trick is that the worksheets have pre-drawn lines and shapes on them so students will work through something as unique as only they can see it.

Completely blank pages are also in this pack just in case you'd rather go completely from scratch. The pack includes a total of 37 per-marked and 37 blank pages.

This pack also includes 6 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) worksheets for students to work though if needed. As normal, the editable templates in .PDF and PowerPoint are also included.

Check it out by clicking this link!!


Updated: Feb 11

Realistic fiction is tricky. A lot of students have trouble with the topic. "Is it real... is it fake... how am I supposed to work this story out???" Let this resource help bail out your lesson.

This realistic fiction writer’s workshop pack is for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade (possibly 5th grade as well) and includes the graphic organizer, writing flip book, and writing prompts on a slide.

The Process

The 10 step process for developing your students writing ability breaks down the entire story in an easy to understand way.

Beginning with a specific moment in their life, your learners will go through this pack in a way that allows them to discover their own story. This pack has been designed in a stepped process, labeled as "parts" which can be extended out into multiple days. Each part grows the story even more until they have all the pieces to create their full writing piece.

A Story Assessment sheet uses literary terms with check boxes that your students can go back through to self correct his or her story. Also included is a Quick Start Guide to orient you towards this story building process.

Check it out using this link!