The Building Your Own Bridge seminar is designed as a 3-hour, voluntary, in-person training that will be led by a Center Point staff member. The aim is to assist elementary school teachers in helping their young students better manage their emotions, help avoid personal conflicts, and cope with stress.

As the seminar will be voluntarily attended, the assessments are comprised of a mix of activities, such as telling a short story, using an emotion chart, ranking emotions, and listening to a partner.  These activities will be scored by a learning partner and using a simple rubric. These assessments were chosen because they are ways the learners can demonstrate their ability to meet the learning objective, as well as model behavior that can be passed onto their elementary school students.

The first assessment is meant to ensure the learners are able to identify emotions within themselves and others. The learning will be scaffolded to ensure success. It will begin by having learners draw simple faces to depict various emotions. For example, to show happy, a learner can draw a smiley face. The emotions will gradually become more abstract, such as frustration or embarrassed.


An Emotion Chart depicted by a circle with different colored pie pieces labeled with various emotions


Next, the instructor will introduce an emotion chart and how to label one’s feelings. The learners will work with a partner to use the chart to express their current emotions and assess each other. They can draw pictures and point to the corresponding emotion on the chart.


Next, the learners will express the intensity of their emotions by using a 1~10 scale. This could be depicted using a thermometer graphic to help some learners visualize the rating system.

Clip art showing a blank thermometer


Finally, the learners will verbalize a short story. It must incorporate at least three emotions using “I” language, for example, “I feel [insert emotion]. This assessment is meant to tie all the previous activates together and let the learners connect their identification & ranking skills to an expressive story. Their story will be scored using a simple rubric.



 Exceeds ExpectationsMeets ExpectationsBelow Expectations
TimeLearner spoke for over 2 minutesLearner spoke for at least 1 minuteLearner spoke for less than 1 minute
Number of emotionsLearner expressed more 5 emotions using “I” languageLearner expressed at least 3 emotions using “I” languageLearner expressed less than 3 emotions

Learner did not use “I” language
Rank of emotionsLearner expressed rank of more than 2 emotions using a 1~10 scaleLearner expressed the rank of at least 1 emotion using a 1~10 scaleLearner did not rank emotions using a 1~10 scale
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