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What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? What You Need to Know?

by | Mar 14, 2022 | Social and Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is a form of teaching that deals with emotions. SEL helps learners be in touch with their emotions, feel them fully, and have empathy. You can teach this to children as well as adults. SEL helps students be positive, focused on their goals, and build strong and positive relations with others. It helps the learners be self-aware, make informed choices and succeed in life. Social-emotional learning thus makes the learners a better version of themselves.

SEL enables your children to cope with the daily grind of life and become problem solvers. They have higher self and impulse control and get better grades in school. SEL sets your children for success. They grow up to be well-adjusted adults with great work and personal life.

What is Social-emotional Learning– Essential Skills

SEL teaches 5 core skills that children can use in schools, home, and all social circles. Let us look into these 5 SEL areas.

  1. Self-Awareness

Self-awareness means being in touch with your inner-self. It means knowing how your emotions affect your behavior. It means knowing your strengths as well as weaknesses. It translates into getting a positive mindset and a sense of self-efficacy. Your children learn how thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected to each other.

  1. Self-Management

SEL teaches self-management skills to your children. Your children realize that they are the owner and masters of their thoughts and emotions whatever the outside situation is. They learn how to manage stress and make short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term goals. They learn impulse control and to do hard work to succeed in life.

  1. Social Awareness

Social awareness in short means empathy towards the whole wide world. It means to be fair to all. Whether they are your friends or a person from a diverse culture. It also means understanding social norms and being ethical. Your children learn how to behave in all types of social settings. They learn to behave well in the home, at school, and in the larger community itself.

  1. Relationship Skills

This SEL skill teaches your children to build healthy relations with all. It includes their families and the world at large. They learn to actively listen and understand the viewpoints of the other person. Your children learn how to resolve conflicts without violence. They learn when to ask for help and when to help others in need. They learn how to be attuned to the other person’s needs. This teaches them to help others in need and build good and positive relations in turn. Your children also learn how to avoid bad habits. You can teach your children to resist peer pressure that pushes them into going into bad habits. Thus, your children do not fall prey to vices like smoking and alcohol. On the other hand, they are healthy and well-adjusted.

  1. Taking Better Decisions

The above facets of social-emotional learning come together to create this fifth aspect. Students learn to make better life decisions. They learn that decisions that they take today will have a far-reaching impact on their lives. So, before taking a life decision they weigh it on several factors. These include ethics and the well-being of self and others. It also includes taking into account safety concerns, and their future results.

Also Read : How to Remove Social Anxiety in a Child?

Why is Social-Emotional Learning Important?

SEL provides a positive base where students learn about themselves in a safe space. It teaches them several aspects of self and social awareness. SEL skills help your children not only at school but in building their career too. It also helps them create good relations and friends for life. It also helps your children create a strong family and social bonds as well. They develop positive habits and grow into fulfilled adults. With SEL skills, your children become strong both in body and mind.

Why is Social-emotional Learning Effective?

SEL helps improve the overall health of the learners. It also improves their relations with their family and others in their social circle. Studies found that SEL training reduced problem behaviors in children. SEL trained children self-regulated and behaved better with others. Studies found that SEL training in high-risk children led to positive results. Other than reduced problem behaviors, they did better in studies and extracurricular   activities.

What are the benefits of Social Emotional Learning?

SEL has several benefits for different facets of life. Let’s look at some of the benefits of SEL below.

  1. In Schools

SEL teaching helps your children learn new social and emotional skills. These skills will help them in life. Your children learn to make better decisions. They are happier and content. Your children do better in school. They get good grades and also learn new skills. Your children become problem solvers. They also learn how to manage peer pressure and thus avoid vices like smoking, drinking, drugs, etc.

  1. In Families

SEL helps both children and adults alike. Family relations improve which leads to better emotional health for all family members. You build a closer bond with your children. SEL provides your children with a solid base and finding success in other areas of life. It helps them become well-adjusted and self-aware adults.

  1. In Community

SEL teaches empathy towards all. Your children learn to respect and understand others’ feelings. They learn about diverse cultures and backgrounds. It creates harmony and a positive community.

  1. In Adult Life

SEL teaches your children to be problem solvers. They learn essential life skills. They learn to deal with personal problems thus becoming balanced adults. SEL helps them build empathy, self-control, and other good qualities. As adults, your children can handle the pressures of life. They do not resort to vices or unhealthy practices. Instead, they take charge of their lives. They form good relations and do well in life.

  1. Other Benefits

SEL teaching leads to higher reading, writing, and math skills. children make good friends and are more well-behaved. SEL training also led to reduced school violence and bullying. SEL-trained children are more positive and have empathy. They think well of others and themselves.

Also Read : Nurturing Emotional Health in Early Childhood

How to Teach Social-emotional Learning?

SEL should be taught at an early age. Early teaching of SEL helps your children build skills that help them from early age to all their life. Here is how you can teach SEL to your children:

  • 1. Explain SEL concepts one by one. Use written text, pictures, audio, and video to explain these concepts.
  • 2. Practice these skills with your children. Ask them to write a short essay about these skills. It can be how they can use these skills in daily life and so on.
  • 3. Repeat, revisit, and reinforce these SEL concepts time and again.

How to Teach Social-emotional Learning at different ages?

Here is how to include SEL lessons for different age groups.

  1. Preschool

Show your children or students how to work with others. For instance,  let a pair of them read a book together. This simple act can teach your children a lot about SEL. Put the book between them and ask them to take turns flipping the pages. Your children learn to share and also to care for others’ needs.

  1. Grade School

Ask your children to point out their strong and weak points. Let them write a short essay about it. Ask them how they can benefit from their strong points. Let them think of ways to get over their weaknesses.

  1. Middle School and Above

Teach your children and students how not to hurt others. Teach them the meaning of empathy. Ask your students to create a safe space for their classmates. Teach them that violence and bullying are not the solutions. Tell them that getting angry is natural, but how to react is important. Teach your children and students to resolve their conflicts peacefully. Teach your children to respect others. Form your students into small groups. Ask your students to learn about the cultures of their group members. Ask them to write down the positive aspects of these other cultures. Teach them to own the best practices of other cultures. Point out the similarities, good aspects as well as differences between the cultures. Teach your students what it means to be a part of humanity as a whole.

Conclusion

Social-emotional learning will help your children become better. SEL helps them manage their emotions. They become self-aware and more in tune with themselves and the world. Their school environment improves and they do well in school. SEL helps them in every aspect of their life. They grow into well-balanced adults with healthy bodies and minds.

Also Read : High EQ Leads to High IQ

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What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? What You Need to Know?

by | Mar 14, 2022 | Social and Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is a form of teaching that deals with emotions. SEL helps learners be in touch with their emotions, feel them fully, and have empathy. You can teach this to children as well as adults. SEL helps students be positive, focused on their goals, and build strong and positive relations with others. It helps the learners be self-aware, make informed choices and succeed in life. Social-emotional learning thus makes the learners a better version of themselves.

SEL enables your children to cope with the daily grind of life and become problem solvers. They have higher self and impulse control and get better grades in school. SEL sets your children for success. They grow up to be well-adjusted adults with great work and personal life.

What is Social-emotional Learning– Essential Skills

SEL teaches 5 core skills that children can use in schools, home, and all social circles. Let us look into these 5 SEL areas.

  1. Self-Awareness

Self-awareness means being in touch with your inner-self. It means knowing how your emotions affect your behavior. It means knowing your strengths as well as weaknesses. It translates into getting a positive mindset and a sense of self-efficacy. Your children learn how thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected to each other.

  1. Self-Management

SEL teaches self-management skills to your children. Your children realize that they are the owner and masters of their thoughts and emotions whatever the outside situation is. They learn how to manage stress and make short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term goals. They learn impulse control and to do hard work to succeed in life.

  1. Social Awareness

Social awareness in short means empathy towards the whole wide world. It means to be fair to all. Whether they are your friends or a person from a diverse culture. It also means understanding social norms and being ethical. Your children learn how to behave in all types of social settings. They learn to behave well in the home, at school, and in the larger community itself.

  1. Relationship Skills

This SEL skill teaches your children to build healthy relations with all. It includes their families and the world at large. They learn to actively listen and understand the viewpoints of the other person. Your children learn how to resolve conflicts without violence. They learn when to ask for help and when to help others in need. They learn how to be attuned to the other person’s needs. This teaches them to help others in need and build good and positive relations in turn. Your children also learn how to avoid bad habits. You can teach your children to resist peer pressure that pushes them into going into bad habits. Thus, your children do not fall prey to vices like smoking and alcohol. On the other hand, they are healthy and well-adjusted.

  1. Taking Better Decisions

The above facets of social-emotional learning come together to create this fifth aspect. Students learn to make better life decisions. They learn that decisions that they take today will have a far-reaching impact on their lives. So, before taking a life decision they weigh it on several factors. These include ethics and the well-being of self and others. It also includes taking into account safety concerns, and their future results.

Also Read : How to Remove Social Anxiety in a Child?

Why is Social-Emotional Learning Important?

SEL provides a positive base where students learn about themselves in a safe space. It teaches them several aspects of self and social awareness. SEL skills help your children not only at school but in building their career too. It also helps them create good relations and friends for life. It also helps your children create a strong family and social bonds as well. They develop positive habits and grow into fulfilled adults. With SEL skills, your children become strong both in body and mind.

Why is Social-emotional Learning Effective?

SEL helps improve the overall health of the learners. It also improves their relations with their family and others in their social circle. Studies found that SEL training reduced problem behaviors in children. SEL trained children self-regulated and behaved better with others. Studies found that SEL training in high-risk children led to positive results. Other than reduced problem behaviors, they did better in studies and extracurricular   activities.

What are the benefits of Social Emotional Learning?

SEL has several benefits for different facets of life. Let’s look at some of the benefits of SEL below.

  1. In Schools

SEL teaching helps your children learn new social and emotional skills. These skills will help them in life. Your children learn to make better decisions. They are happier and content. Your children do better in school. They get good grades and also learn new skills. Your children become problem solvers. They also learn how to manage peer pressure and thus avoid vices like smoking, drinking, drugs, etc.

  1. In Families

SEL helps both children and adults alike. Family relations improve which leads to better emotional health for all family members. You build a closer bond with your children. SEL provides your children with a solid base and finding success in other areas of life. It helps them become well-adjusted and self-aware adults.

  1. In Community

SEL teaches empathy towards all. Your children learn to respect and understand others’ feelings. They learn about diverse cultures and backgrounds. It creates harmony and a positive community.

  1. In Adult Life

SEL teaches your children to be problem solvers. They learn essential life skills. They learn to deal with personal problems thus becoming balanced adults. SEL helps them build empathy, self-control, and other good qualities. As adults, your children can handle the pressures of life. They do not resort to vices or unhealthy practices. Instead, they take charge of their lives. They form good relations and do well in life.

  1. Other Benefits

SEL teaching leads to higher reading, writing, and math skills. children make good friends and are more well-behaved. SEL training also led to reduced school violence and bullying. SEL-trained children are more positive and have empathy. They think well of others and themselves.

Also Read : Nurturing Emotional Health in Early Childhood

How to Teach Social-emotional Learning?

SEL should be taught at an early age. Early teaching of SEL helps your children build skills that help them from early age to all their life. Here is how you can teach SEL to your children:

  • 1. Explain SEL concepts one by one. Use written text, pictures, audio, and video to explain these concepts.
  • 2. Practice these skills with your children. Ask them to write a short essay about these skills. It can be how they can use these skills in daily life and so on.
  • 3. Repeat, revisit, and reinforce these SEL concepts time and again.

How to Teach Social-emotional Learning at different ages?

Here is how to include SEL lessons for different age groups.

  1. Preschool

Show your children or students how to work with others. For instance,  let a pair of them read a book together. This simple act can teach your children a lot about SEL. Put the book between them and ask them to take turns flipping the pages. Your children learn to share and also to care for others’ needs.

  1. Grade School

Ask your children to point out their strong and weak points. Let them write a short essay about it. Ask them how they can benefit from their strong points. Let them think of ways to get over their weaknesses.

  1. Middle School and Above

Teach your children and students how not to hurt others. Teach them the meaning of empathy. Ask your students to create a safe space for their classmates. Teach them that violence and bullying are not the solutions. Tell them that getting angry is natural, but how to react is important. Teach your children and students to resolve their conflicts peacefully. Teach your children to respect others. Form your students into small groups. Ask your students to learn about the cultures of their group members. Ask them to write down the positive aspects of these other cultures. Teach them to own the best practices of other cultures. Point out the similarities, good aspects as well as differences between the cultures. Teach your students what it means to be a part of humanity as a whole.

Conclusion

Social-emotional learning will help your children become better. SEL helps them manage their emotions. They become self-aware and more in tune with themselves and the world. Their school environment improves and they do well in school. SEL helps them in every aspect of their life. They grow into well-balanced adults with healthy bodies and minds.

Also Read : High EQ Leads to High IQ

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