Social and Emotional Learning

WHAT IS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

-CASEL – www.casel.org

WHAT ARE COMMON PRACTICES OF SEL?

  • Teacher language
  • Responsibility and choice
  • Cooperative learning
  • Self-reflection and self-assessment
  • Competence building

-Center on Great Teachers and Leaders – www.gtlcenter.org

HOW CAN SEL HELP STUDENTS?

Short-term benefits include:

  • More positive attitudes toward oneself, others, and tasks including enhanced self-efficacy, confidence, persistence, empathy, connection and commitment to school, and a sense of purpose
  • More positive social behaviors and relationships with peers and adults
  • Reduced conduct problems and risk-taking behavior
  • Decreased emotional distress
  • Improved test scores, grades, and attendance

-Edutopia – www.edutopia.org

HOW CAN SEL HELP TEACHERS?

Based on current research, there are three ways that teachers with social and emotional competencies affect the learning environment.

  • Influence the quality of teacher-student relationships
  • Model emotional learning for students, intentionally or not
  • Influences classroom organization and management

-Edutopia – www.edutopia.org