Social Emotional Learning
“Educating the mind without the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
What is Social Emotional Learning?
We know that happy, thoughtful, calm children learn well and are healthier.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which our students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to support them as they grow into healthy, self-aware, and contributing adults. These assets include being able to:
- understand and manage emotions;
- set, persevere towards, and achieve appropriate goals;
- demonstrate empathy for others;
- establish and maintain positive relationships; and
- make effective decisions.
Why is Social Emotional Learning so important?
We live in a complicated and busy world. In order to manage that complexity and live vibrant and rewarding lives, we need to be aware of, understand and manage all of the information we receive, the emotions we experience, and relationships we encounter. We know that social and emotional skills are malleable, especially in children and adolescents, and that they are “sticky”, meaning that, once taught and practiced, they become a useful set of skills that can be relied on, long into adulthood.
How to enhance Social Emotional Learning?
Social and Emotional Learning includes a number of competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. There are many ways to incorporate SEL into instruction.