Unit 1: About SEL


Lesson One ~

Guiding question: What is social emotional learning?

1. Please read the following link: https://casel.org/what-is-sel/

2. Once you have read about SEL, please navigate to the various approaches of SEL.

3. Upon completion of step 2, read about the benefits of SEL.

  • Please watch the following video:


As you watch the provided video clip, allow yourself to reflect on why SEL is important for teachers to know.

Lesson Two ~

Guiding Question: How do we integrate SEL into our instruction?

1. Read the following article on SEL integration: https://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SEL-Trends-3-10232018.pdf

2. Read the following articles on SEL integration and teaching emotion management skills: https://www.edutopia.org/article/incorporating-sel-new-teacher

3. Watch: https://www.edutopia.org/video/teaching-self-regulation-modeling

4. Watch the provided video link on SEL in the elementary classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmVhO3nL2EM

Important Tip: Even if the school you are employed in does not participate in a SEL curriculum, you may still incorporate some of these strategies in your daily instruction when appropriate.

Lesson Three ~

Guiding Question: How could we effectively plan our instruction to support SEL?

1. Review the example SEL lesson plans: https://www.mcgill.ca/connectionslab/files/connectionslab/emotional_regulation_lesson_plans.pdf

2. Watch the video clip of a SEL lesson in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaCVfeWKTp0

  • Think about what strategies you would use in your own SEL lesson plan.
  • What are the SEL strategies that resonated with you?

Unit 1 Reflection ~

Please complete your reflection on the following form below: