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Lesson 1 - Intro to SEL

Introduction: In this lesson you will identify why SEL is important for classroom climate as well as asses your own knowledge and use of SEL.

In this lesson you are doing to complete the self assessment on SEL in the classroom. When you are done you are going to learn about SEL and the benefits of implementing it in the classroom.

Self-Assessment

Complete the word document Self-Assessment Below:

File:SEL-in-the-Classroom-Self-Assessment.docx

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Mini Lecture:

What is SEL?

SEL is meant to allow students and educators to better understand their emotions and develop empathy for other within their learning community. Doing so allows for students to become active members of society by being more productive, self-aware, and socially aware of the world around them. It always aids in helping students make positive and responsible decisions while building positive relationships. (Kikeda, 2020)

The Five Social Emotional Learning Competencies According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organization devoted to students and educators to help achieve positive outcomes for PreK-12 students, SEL involves five core competencies that can be applied in both the classroom, at home, and in students’ communities. These five core competencies are:

  • Self-awareness – To recognize your emotions and how they impact your behavior; acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses to better gain confidence in your abilities.
  • Self-management – To take control and ownership of your thoughts, emotions, and actions in various situations, as well as setting and working toward goals.
  • Social awareness – The ability to put yourself in the shoes of another person who may be from a different background or culture from the one you grew up with. To act with empathy and in an ethical manner within your home, school, and community.
  • Relationship skills – The ability to build and maintain healthy relationships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. This competency focuses on listening to and being able to communicate with others, peacefully resolving conflict, and knowing when to ask for or offer help.
  • Making responsible decisions – Choosing how to act or respond to a situation based on learned behaviors such as ethics, safety, weighing consequences and the well-being of others, as well as yourself.
SEL 5 Competencies

The Benefits of SEL "Results from a landmark meta-analysis that looked across 213 studies involving more than 270,000 students found that:

  • SEL interventions that address the five core competencies increased students’ academic performance by 11 percentile points, compared to students who did not participate.
  • Students participating in SEL programs showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.
  • Additional meta-analyses echoed these findings. Consistency across independent research teams offers strong support that well-implemented SEL programs are beneficial.

What might this mean for the practical benefits of SEL? About 27% more students would improve their academic performance at the end of the program and 24% more would have improved social behaviors and lower levels of distress." (CASEL,2021)

Resources:

“What Does the Research Say?” CASEL, 8 Dec. 2021, https://casel.org/fundamentals-of-sel/what-does-the-research-say/.

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/.