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'''Journal Entry #2:______'''
Pick at least one of these prompts, and discuss your experiences in full-sentences:
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_____ I stayed on topic while I wrote, and I made sure I answered with my personal thoughts in mind.
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Unit 2: The Benefits and Detriments of Social Emotional Learning

During Unit 1, Social Emotional Learning was defined as discussing interactions with people and feelings in a learning environment. Within this unit, we will discuss the learning model’s benefits and challenges as they could occur in a secondary education classroom.


  • You can attempt to recognize physical emotions.
  • You can analyze the potential benefits of SEL in the classroom.
  • You can analyze the potential detriments of SEL in the classroom.

Lesson 1: Defining Physical Emotions

In her article, Julie Beck (2015) explains that "The word 'emotion' did not exist in the English language until the early 17th century... [originally] it referred to agitations, bodily movements, or commotions." Due to a translator's error, the word moved over from France to Britain. During the middle of the 18th century, the idea of passions, affections, and thoughts became "lumped together under the umbrella of emotion" (Beck, 2015). In the 21st century, these emotions are commonly recognized in classrooms across the world. Often, these emotions can help educators determine if their lessons are moving in the right direction, or if students clearly understand the material... just as long as teachers can recognize and interpret these emotions.

Learning Activity

Are you able to recognize various emotions? Take this quiz based on Paul Ekman's Identifying Emotions Research: Kahoot: Recognizing Emotions

Once you finish taking the quiz, visit this page for more information: Interpreting the Results: Recognizing Emotions

Lesson 2: Analyzing the Benefits and Detriments

Before you introduce a new idea into your classroom, it is important to weigh the benefits and detriments that could potentially occur with it. This lesson will help you clearly outline why Social Emotional Learning could have a place in your classroom.


Now that you know what Social Emotional Learning is, let's take a look at information you need to know before welcoming it into your classroom.

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Learning Activity

Reflecting on the Benefits and Detriments of Social Emotional Learning

Unit Assessment

For your specific classroom, do the benefits of Social Emotional Learning outweigh the detriments? Create a T-chart outlining the positives and negatives of this learning initiative. For reference, here is a sample T-chart that can help guide you in developing your own answers:

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Where do I go from here?

Head on over to your next unit... Unit 3: Evaluating the Social Emotional Model

  • Read into Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning: What Does the Research Say? by Joseph E. Zins, Roger P. Weissberg, Margaret C. Wang, and Herbert J. Walberg. Preview the e-book version here
  • Head to your local library to borrow Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators by Maurice J. Elias to gather some insight into Social Emotional Learning. You can preview the book here, and find links to purchase the books through the same link.