With increasing frequency, social-emotional learning (SEL) is getting renewed attention — in research, in policy, and in the classroom. So, What is social-emotional learning?
Social-emotional learning is a broad term referring to how students regulate their emotions, communicate with others, use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people, build relationships and make good decisions.
There are some job skills that transcend industry: deep self-knowledge, emotional regulation and empathy, and perspective-taking. These three areas of social-emotional skills provide a strong foundation upon which people can grow specific functional skills and knowledge.
5 Key Skills SEL develop:
Self-Awareness – It involves understanding one’s own emotions, personal goals, and values. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations, having positive mindsets, and possessing a well-grounded sense of social-emotional development theory.
Self-Management – It requires skills and attitudes that facilitate the ability to regulate one’s own emotions and behaviors. This includes the ability to delay gratification, manage stress, control impulses, and persevere through challenges.
Social Awareness – It involves virtual programs for encouraging the ability to understand, empathize, and feel compassion for those with different backgrounds or cultures.
Relationship Skills – It helps students establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships, and to act in accordance with social norms.
Responsible Decision Making – It involves e-schools learning platforms focusing on how to make constructive choices about the personal behavior of kids and encouraging social interactions activities to promote social and emotional development
Why is social-emotional learning important:
Social-emotional learning affects the lives of students, teachers, parents, and the larger community in meaningful ways that improve relationships and societies as a whole.
Academic improvement – Analysis of 213 studies that surveyed more than 270,000 learners found that, on average, students who took part in SEL-informed curricula saw an 11 percent jump in academic achievement when compared to learners who didn’t participate.
Greater results for students with early-identified problems – The same SEL study found that for students who had already been identified as having problems, the use of SEL principles for early interventions led to a reduction of conduct problems, better attitudes toward themselves and others
Better social interactions – As evidenced by the reports of teachers, fellow students, friends, families, and community members, SEL curricula help encourage positive behavior across the lifespan.
Improved classroom behavior – The same study mentioned above also found that students who took part in SEL curricula exhibited improved behavior in the classroom, a greater ability to properly manage stress and depression.
Ability to care for themselves– A 2015 study found that students who learned pro-social skills at an early age were far less likely to ever live in public housing, use public assistance, interact with the police while still minors, or find themselves in detention facilities.
Less aggressive and/or disruptive behavior – A study found that students who engaged in SEL at either the elementary or secondary level still saw a 10 percent reduction in behavioral, psychological and substance abuse problems by the age of 25.
NOW IS THE TIME TO FOCUS ON THE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING OF KIDS!
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