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June 14, 2024

Identity Wheel for SEL Instruction

In education and in life, developing social and emotional learning (SEL) skills is paramount for the holistic growth of students. Identity wheels are powerful tools to support this development, especially with middle and high school students! 

Simply put: identity wheels are visual representations of an individual’s multifaceted identity. They include aspects like race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and personal interests. 

Creating an identity wheel helps students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the various elements that shape their identities. This process of self-reflection and exploration promotes self-awareness, fosters empathy and respect for others, and develops relationship-building skills.

Download this Canva template to start customizing your class’ identity wheels, or download this print-friendly version to inspire you as you develop an identity wheel assignment.

If you are interested in learning more about fostering SEL skills with students in 5th-12th grade, check out course 5323: SEL for Middle and High School Students.  Filled with SEL strategies, this course will refresh and restore the way you promote social-emotional learning in your middle or high school classroom.


About the Author

Betsy Butler (she/her) is a Professional Learning Specialist at Teaching Channel. She holds a B.A. in English, a Master’s in Education, and has been teaching since 1992. Betsy uses her three decades of teaching experience to write and revise our courses while selecting the perfect accompanying texts. Her specialty areas include ELA, special education topics, behavior management, and mental health.

Fun Fact: Betsy’s daily conquest is solving the New York Times crossword puzzle!

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