4 ways to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning in class
Traditionally, economic success and employability was strictly linked to increasing cognitive skills in education. Recent research in economics and education, however, all point to a more unified model of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Social emotional learning in schools will have an impact on graduates’ employability and earnings.
Here are 4 ways to integrate Social- Emotional Learning in class:
1. Talk about managing emotions:
According to Educational and Licensed School Psychologist Lori Jackson, “when you can’t manage your emotions, each event or activity can bring difficulties and challenges. That’s called emotional dysregulation. For kids, dysregulation makes life challenging, friendships difficult, and most significantly, it can make learning impossible.”
All students need practice managing their emotions, such as anger management. Educational programs like Eldventir Adventures teaches to closely observe the way we feel when we get emotional and how to positively find an alternative to control it.
Practice Problem-Solving Skills
Problem solving and critical thinking refers to the ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems. This doesn’t mean you need to have an immediate answer, it means you have to be able to think on your feet, assess problems and find solutions.
Encourage kids to think about how to solve their problems. Every student needs to learn skills such as responsible decision making. According to “Skills to pay the Bills”, “building self-determination skills, such as goal setting, decision-making, self advocacy, and problem solving should be included in career planning for all youth”.
Develop empathy in your students
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, said at Davos this year that in a world with a surfeit of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, “human values such as common sense and empathy will be scarce”.
Empathy in one of the most critical skills for children to develop. Encourages your students to understand and share other’s emotions from their nonverbal language, words, tone of voice, posture and facial expressions. You can be a good role model by acknowledging and valuing others’ feelings.
Giving kids responsibilities and jobs helps build their sense of self-worth and gives the message that we are all part of a community. National Public Radio (NPR) reported that letting kids serve themselves at mealtimes can reduce overeating, improve coordination, and make them more open to trying new foods.
Remember: giving your student more control over household tasks is an effective way to boost his or her sense of responsibility.
Remember: Social and emotional standards and curriculum need to be taught systematically and with intention. The SEL curriculum can be built into core content lessons. As a teacher do not miss the opportunity for making Social emotional learning a priority. For more information about how to implement Eldventir SEL Platform in your school, please visit http://sitio.eldventir.com/en/