Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Carol Knicker




"Abstract This action research study was conducted in a Kindergarten classroom. The classroom is in a rural, predominately white, central Minnesota school. The purpose of this study was to determine if using social-emotional tools, strategies, and curriculums could help students with academic achievement and focus. The student participants in this research were given whole group lessons involving games, stories, and activities. The students were also given tools and resources to use independently when in need of emotional de-escalation. Data was collected with student surveys, teacher surveys, observation data, and tally recording. The student participants in this study showed a positive response to the social-emotional intervention, and all students were able to use SEL strategies to help them return to work. The research from this study allows for further use of social-emotional curriculums, tools, and strategies to help students manage emotions in the classroom to have academic success. Keywords; Social-Emotional Learning, strategies, regulation"