Social-Emotional Learning

Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills needed to succeed in school and in life

About Social-Emotional Learning

Topics:

  • Self-Management and Self Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Relationships and Social Awareness
  • Social-Emotional Learning for Leaders

Overview:

Social-Emotional Learning is the practice of equipping students with skills and strategies to understand their own emotional response to situations, navigate interpersonal relationships with peers and adults, and ultimately develop the independent decision-making skills and resilience needed to be successful beyond the classroom. 

In many schools, the emphasis on test scores can make it tempting for teachers to focus solely on content. However, taking a step back and supporting students to acknowledge and understand themselves as people - individual people and also people who are also members of a larger community - can help create a more positive context in which students can learn and thrive.. As we live in a country in which our public education system has contributed to and perpetuates structural inequalities, it is increasingly important to develop social-emotional skills in teachers and students that will help them to confront those inequalities. A growing body of research shows that students supported in social-emotional learning programs develop social skills and emotional well-being as well as improved school outcomes.

What We Believe:

We believe that school leaders should cultivate social-emotional skills in their faculty which, in turn, directly supports the collective wellbeing of the students and teachers. 

We believe that in order to set students up for success in their futures, teachers must ensure that students learn and practice social-emotional skills and habits of success while they are in school, and that teachers employ these same practices..

We believe that teaching social-emotional skills to students, especially in making decisions that promote collective wellbeing, will create a healthy learning environment and community.

We believe that school leaders should cultivate social-emotional skills in their faculty which, in turn, directly supports the collective wellbeing of the students and teachers. 

 

Featured Strategies

Students use self-regulation strategies like mental breaks, body and movement breaks, fidgets, and self-talk to maximize their learning
Students use self-regulation strategies like mental breaks, body and movement breaks, fidgets, and self-talk to maximize their learning
Self Awareness Moments help students navigate strong emotions and difficult situations to make better decisions
Self Awareness Moments help students navigate strong emotions and difficult situations to make better decisions
Teach students to talk about themselves and their work using a growth mindset
Teach students to talk about themselves and their work using a growth mindset

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can develop my self management and self awareness by employing strategies aligned to the core competencies of social emotional learning.
I can define and incorporate responsible decision-making skills into my instruction that support students to analyze consequences, make decisions that promote collective wellbeing, and create a more just and equitable learning environment.
I can support the development of positive relationships and social awareness by building a collaborative and supportive learning community.
I can develop social emotional initiatives in my school that integrate the academic and social needs of my school community.

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