Why is a formal Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum needed at every school?
Mass shootings, depression, domestic violence, divorce, low student engagement, and lack of respect for teachers/authority to name a few. These are emotional problems that require a systematic, institutional solution. Our education system is the perfect place to start.
What is SEL?
Many believe that it’s only about mindfulness or meditation, which are merely components of a full curriculum.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions. This includes setting and achieving positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships.
Students test higher, retain more content and have proven to learn more when they are in control of their own state of mind, their own emotions, and when they feel a sense of safety, control and hope. These elements require education and training and there is no simple, easy fix, but Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the first step. To learn more about why SEL is essential for students, you can check out this article.
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