Tiny Guides are just that, tiny. They will help you quickly comprehend core social and emotional concepts, understand their impact on you and your relationships, and equip you with tools to put them into action.
This is a bit user dependent based on reading level. They are written to be used independently by young people age 11 and up. Below age 11, we suggest to talk through the huge with an adult to help with any vocabulary challenges, concept struggles, and to enhance their ability to apply the idea to their own life.
How do I bring Tiny Guides to my school?
We partner with schools in a few capacities:
licensing for classrooms or schools
licensing for parent community, board members, or faculty & staff
Are tiny guides best used in one-on-one setting or will they work in a classroom setting as well?
Tiny Guides are easily used in both scenarios. They are great to facilitate one on one conversations, however, can also be used to facilitate conversations with a whole class. When using the guides with a group, be sure to stop and ask questions, give opportunities for reflection through discussion or writing, and ask them to apply again at a later date. For example, if you go through the Tiny Guide on Frustration Points, next time you give a large assignment, ask students to discuss what frustration points this assignment might bring up and how they can plan around those in advance so they don’t get lost in avoidant strategies.
We have a facilitation tool you can use with young people in your life here and a group facilitation tool is included with a purchase of a license.
How do the Tiny Guides work for English Language Learners?
If you are using the guide with ELL students I would make sure you introduce it in a group setting where you guide the reading and unpacking. When they come across unfamiliar words you can ask them to decode based on perceived context, and you can also ask them for companion vocabulary/ideas from their native language and culture. You can also expand on new vocabulary by asking them to do extended work on specific words: make vocabulary boxes, draw the words, create mock social media pages for the words, etc.
What is the best way to introduce Tiny Guides to my children?
This depends on the young person you are dealing with. If your child is inquisitive about their emotions and used to talking about them you can feel comfortable telling them you found this resource and want to share it with them. If your young person is not used to talking about specific emotions, you might want to share it casually and say something like, “Hey, I found this set of guides for emotions. I found it really interesting, do you want to check them out?” I would start with one guide, see how the respond, and then let them choose the next one they want to look at. Of course if your child is very interested you can share them all at once and let them peruse at their leisure.
You can wait for a particular topic to come up and then share a corresponding guide, just remember tone is important to gain buy in. If your child is being rude and having a meltdown and you give them the guide on Frustration Points and say, “this seems like something you really need to read,” that will not go over well and will escalate the conflict. If your child struggles with managing their anger for example, I would wait until they are in a good space and then offer an entry point like, “I feel like anger has been a heavy emotion in our house lately. That is ok, we all get upset. I found this guide that actually really helped me better understand my anger. Can we take a look at it together or would you rather check it out on your own?” That way you are targeting the behavior, making it clear you need them to look at it, framing it in a collaborative manner, and giving them choice when it comes to exploring the guide.