Encouraging Academic Achievement

Each week on the QuaverSEL blog, we highlight one of the core CASEL competencies and a sub-skill. Today, we’re taking a look at one of QuaverSEL’s SEL Plus competencies, academic achievement.

Quaver’s SEL Plus competencies highlight important topics not addressed by CASEL.

Let’s dive in! 

Today, we’ll take a look at a simple activity that can encourage academic achievement and help students practice being a STAR student. It can be done in just 5-10 minutes, or stretched out into a longer activity!

You’re a Star

You may choose to start your class with the QuaverSEL original song, “You’re a Star.” This encouraging song, found in the SELMusic Library, offers ways that students can practice being the best student that they can be


We’re All Stars

Once you’ve introduced the song, take five minutes to start a discussion about academic achievement. 

The purpose of this screen is to discuss different students can practice being a S.T.A.R student.

Set your goals
Try your best
Ask questions
Remember important things

Find “We’re All Stars” in SELMusic (under “You’re a Star”) or by searching “We’re All Stars” in Resource Manager

Select one of the four different circles that represent the steps to being a S.T.A.R student: Set Your Goals, Try Your Best, Ask Questions, and Remember. 

This will reveal a discussion question.

Students can discuss their answers in a group, with a partner, or think privately on their own. 

Ask for volunteers to answer the question. For every suggestion, click one of the stars to illuminate the gold color. Once you’ve colored in all three stars, move on to the next circle and repeat.

Print off the accompanying worksheet, We’re All Stars, so students can fill out on their own or in groups.

Find this worksheet under “You’re a Star” in SELMusic

These are just a few of the resources at your disposal for academic achievement. You can find more short activities that focus on academic achievement by selecting the SEL Plus icon in Resource Manager. 

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks as we share a very special interview with Tad Sekeres, a Nashville-based teacher using QuaverSEL in his classroom!

How will you encourage academic achievement in your classroom?