28 Aug

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) ?

The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to:

  • understand and manage emotions
  • set and achieve positive goals 
  • feel and show empathy for others 
  • establish and maintain positive relationships 
  • make responsible decisions

Why SEL at school?

  • How we feel and interact with others affects how we learn and use what we learn
  • Emotions help us develop active interest in learning and sustain engagement 
  • unmanaged stress/dysregulation interferes with attention and memory and contributes to behaviors that disrupt learning
  • learning is a social and interactive process and requires collaboration with teachers and peers. 

SEL Research indicates:

  • significantly improved academic preformance
  • better school attendance
  • improved positive attitudes toward self and others
  • increased helping behaviors
  • students like school more
  • less disruptive classroom behavior
  • reduced aggression, substance abuse, and emotional distress
  • lower need for disciplinary actions  
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