Allison Teicher - Mini Course

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Social Emotional Learning in the Secondary Classroom

Hello and Welcome!

Socializing is a natural part of life. Social interactions, especially during your teenage years, could have a major impact on how you view the world.

Welcome to the start of your adventure through Social Emotional Learning in the Secondary Education Classroom! Throughout this mini-course, you will gain insight into how to adapt your classroom into an environment filled with open discussions about emotions (and so much more). Let’s begin with the most basic component of Social Emotional learning…

How are you?

Normally, people tend to answer with “good, you?” or “okay, you?” without giving the question some serious thought. But… How are you… really? Are you honest with your response when someone asks how you are, or do you just pacify their question with a quick answer?

Now ask YOURSELF, “How am I today?”

Think about your answer, and prepare to embark on your journey…

Prerequisites

  • You can identify basic emotions such as: happiness, sadness, and anger.
  • You can understand the need for socializing outside of the classroom.
  • You can recognize the importance of socializing inside of the classroom.
  • You are able to read and write about emotions.
  • You have access to an Internet connection and a digital device that can access our course's web-pages.

Course Objectives

You will be able to:

  • Define Social Emotional Intelligence Learning.
  • Analyze the benefits and detriments of this type of learning in the classroom.
  • Assess the importance of Social Emotional Intelligence learning in the classroom.
  • Evaluate the beneficial and challenging aspects of working with the Social Emotional Intelligence model of learning.
  • Produce a Social Emotional Intelligence activity of their own, using the guidelines presented.

Course Units

Unit 1: Defining Social Emotional Learning

In this introductory unit for our course, you will learn what Social Emotional Learning is, how to gather Social Emotional Intelligence, and identify various emotions that could be exhibited.

Unit 2: The Benefits and Detriments of Social Emotional Learning

How could Social Emotional Learning impact your Secondary Education classroom? What could you do, as an educator, to make sure that your classroom is a comfortable, safe, and open environment? How could you set up a Social Emotional activity when multiple students have different perspectives? What happens when the Social Emotional activity reveals something shocking? All of this, and more, will be addressed here!

Unit 3: Evaluating the Social Emotional Model

Let’s take a deeper look at the learning model: How could it be used in the classroom? What sort of thoughts, concepts, and ideas can be brought up? How do I make sure that my students are getting the best possible Social Emotional Learning experience? As an educator, what do I have to do in the classroom? What should my students be doing during a Social Emotional activity? Dive right into the ocean of knowledge that waits for you in this unit!

Unit 4: Creating Social Emotional Activities in the Classroom

A number of different aspects will be discussed in this unit, and a plethora of valuable resources will be shared with you. Open your mind to the Social Emotional model flourishing in the classroom, and see where the topics we discuss can take you. By the end of this unit, you will have a small toolkit that can help you build Social Emotional lessons and activities that could leave your students with a greater understanding about life. Are you ready to develop a Social Emotional lesson? Of course you are, because you are a teaching rockstar!

Additional Resources

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) http://www.casel.org/what-is-sel/

Committee for Children, Social Emotional Learning http://www.cfchildren.org/mission-vision/what-is-sel/

Roger Weissberg, CASEL Chief Knowledge Officer’s Outlook on SEL https://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-sel-essential-for-students-weissberg-durlak-domitrovich-gullotta