Jamielynn Cerretto's Mini Course: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom


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Overview and Purpose

Welcome to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom. This course is for anyone interested in finding ways to integrate SEL into your classroom environment and instruction. SEL is a form of teaching that allows for students of all ages to comprehend and feel their emotions and allow for empathy in the classroom. This will allow for responsible decision making, build positive relationships, and allow students to reach their goals.

Unit topics covered in this course:

  1. What is SEL?
  2. Creating a classroom Climate
  3. SEL in Academic Instruction
  4. Explicit Instruction

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what Social Emotional Learning is.
  • Asses their current use of SEL in the classroom.
  • Identify what a supportive and equitable learning environment looks like.
  • Create interactive instructional practices that support SEL

Needs Assessment

The Instructional Problem: What is the nature of the problem/opportunity: This course will address the gaps of knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding SEL. According to CASEL, “A frequent challenge to school wide SEL is the perception that it is just one more thing being added to an already crowded list of priorities and to-do’s.” (2021). Educators may fear implementing new ideas and initiatives into the classroom, especially when they have seen many other initiatives come and go. However, SEL is very beneficial and something that can be supported in the long-term if used correctly. Being able to provide students with social-emotional skills like self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills provides them with the ability to cope with and manage their feelings and their responses. (Nassp, 2021).

What Will Be Learned: In order to fill the Gaps in SEL instruction, it is important to learn how to effectively incorporate it into the classroom. In this mini course learners will be able to identify the SEL needs in their own classroom through pre-assessments and then find ways to implement it into the classroom effectively. They will learn ways to create a positive classroom climate as well as how to implement these SEL needs into their own classrooms.

Analysis of Learners: The target audience for this course is current and upcoming teachers who are interested in implementing SEL into their classrooms. This course will allow them to assess their needs in the classroom and find ways to address them.

Performance Objectives

  • Learners will assess their current knowledge and use of SEL in their classrooms.
  • Learners will be able to build a safe, healthy and inclusive classroom environment
  • Learners will be able to assess student needs in their classrooms.
  • Learners will be able to implement student centered discipline in their classrooms

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: Intro to SEL

In this unit you will self-asses your own experience with SEL in the classroom as well as learn about what SEL is and why it is beneficial for student success.

Unit 2: Community Building

In this unit you will learn about 2 ways to build a positive learning community in your classroom.

Unit 3: Emotional Safety and Belonging

In this unit you will learn and implement ways to encourage emotional safety and belonging in the classroom.

Unit 4: Student Centered Discipline

References and Resources

“Belonging and Emotional Safety.” Belonging and Emotional Safety - Casel Schoolguide, https://schoolguide.casel.org/focus-area-3/classroom/a-supportive-classroom-environment/belonging-and-emotional-safety/. 
Kikeda. “Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Why It Matters for Educators.” National University, 9 July 2020, https://www.nu.edu/resources/social-emotional-learning-sel-why-it-matters-for-educators/. 
Kikeda. “Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Why It Matters for Educators.” National University, 9 July 2020, https://www.nu.edu/resources/social-emotional-learning-sel-why-it-matters-for-educators/#:~:text=The%20Benefits%20of%20SEL,and%20out%20of%20the%20classroom.&text=Students%20who%20are%20equipped%20to,the%20pressures%20of%20adult%20life. 
“Social Emotional Needs: December 2020.” NASSP, 1 Dec. 2020, https://www.nassp.org/publication/principal-leadership/volume-21-2020-2021/principal-leadership-december-2020/social-emotional-needs-december-2020/. 
“What Does the Research Say?” CASEL, 8 Dec. 2021, https://casel.org/fundamentals-of-sel/what-does-the-research-say/. 
Woerkom, Marieke van. “Building Community with Restorative Circles.” Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation, 12 Mar. 2018, https://www.edutopia.org/article/building-community-restorative-circles.