Parents are a child’s first teachers. As the child grows and
starts going to school, the parent’s role expands. Apart from taking care of
the child at home, they also try their best to prepare their child for a life
outside of their home.
They have to pay attention that their child is performing
well in academics and other extra-curricular activities, but they are also
trying to make sure their child develops life skills. All of this while taking
care that the child never feels alone, pressured or depressed. While this may
sound like a job only for a super-parent, focusing on social-emotional learning
of the child can take care of most of these things.
Social emotional learning helps
children understand themselves. It helps them get a clearer picture of
what they need and hence become more assertive. As they get more emotionally
intelligent, children know what they want, they are able to articulate their
thoughts better and communicate more effectively. They can share their needs with
you in a more productive manner.
You must know that articulating one’s thoughts is a skill
that even most adults struggle with. When your children acquire this skill at
such a young age, it acts a seed that makes them more successful adults.
Needless to say, happier adults too. Every parent wants that.
Developing a Better Attitude
With a better understanding of self your children will
become more empathetic, and start to look at their surroundings differently. Instead
of finding difficulty in engaging with people, they will start enjoying their
interactions. In the process, they will build better and more positive relationships
with not just you, but their peers, and teachers too.
Your children will not feel alone, anxious, or abandoned when
they know they have a support system backing them, their attitudes
and behaviors change. This is the behavioral change that keeps them
away from getting in unnecessary brawls or resorting to substance abuse.
Parents want their kids to excel in life, but do not want to
push them too hard. With a good SEL program, they don’t have to. It will
encourage a positive environment at school with lesser discipline violations,
bullying incidents, and cases of addiction. If a school focusses on SEL, parents
know their child is studying in a good classroom environment, students can
focus better and learn more. Moreover, an open and warm environment at school
also helps students prevent
mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and more. Even
if they do face such problems in the future, they do have the tools to counter
Social-Emotional Skills Can Be Taught
Parents want their kids to get the best in life and making
them emotionally intelligent is a part of ensuring that. A good SEL curriculum,
a little push from the parents and the will of the school to implement it are
all needed to make it possible. Given the wide range and known benefits of SEL,
comprehensive programs like SEL Adventures are already in place to help
children. They provide engaging and expertly created classroom sessions and
activities to help teach students the skills they need to grow into emotionally
intelligent and productive adults.
Social emotional learning provides children with a guide to a better life. It teaches them how to better handle their emotions, and deal with people & situations around them. Every student is different and each student starts at a certain level of social and emotional skills. Keeping that in mind, teachers should integrate social-emotional learning in their lessons every day. When they see how they can use the SEL teachings in a real-life situation, they will be more effective in implementing them in their own life. Here is how teachers can integrate social emotional learning in their classrooms.
Creating a Habit of Writing
Journal writing is one of the most potent forms of getting
in touch with our feelings. Writing helps us put things in perspective.
Teachers should help their students create a habit of writing a daily journal.
They can let them write a summary of their day or they can pose questions to
them everyday that they should answer in their journal. These questions can
look something like this – “What is the one thing that the school day taught
you?” or “Did you help someone in need?” or “What made you happy today?”, or
something else that makes the student think about their actions throughout the
day and learn from it.
Class Meet Ups
Teachers should start the day with a class meeting where
everyone sits together and make mutual decisions about the upcoming activities
or events. This is also the breather that the students can take to know each
other. Teachers can shuffle students and form different teams to take care of
different class affairs, take this opportunity to introduce new students,
knowing each other, and so on. Such a meet up will create a sense of
camaraderie among students. Their class will become their family away from home.
This will promote a positive environment in the class where students who find
it difficult to communicate will feel involved.
Teachers should rotate responsibilities among students to
make sure that everybody feels included. The responsibilities can be
maintaining the class decorum, keeping the class clean, decorating the class
board, collecting assignments, or something else. It is important that every
student gets the chance. When kids take such positions of authority, they start
to appreciate the position of their teachers and parents. Such an inclusive
approach helps the students not only value themselves, but also know that they
are a part of a larger community that is looking out for them.
Making it Possible
With every teacher and student interaction, the student gets a small lesson on social and emotional learning. It is important for schools to realize that teachers need specialized tools to be more effective. Structured programs like SEL Adventures provides students exactly that. These programs contain classroom lectures, activities, and take a gamified approach to assist teachers in creating a more aware, responsible, and successful next generation.
SEL Adventures has created a comprehensive EdTech platform.
A platform that upskills the students to overcome life’s challenges and allows
teachers to impart social emotional learning more effectively. How does the
platform achieve that? Here’s how.
The curriculum designed by SEL Adventures covers all the 5
core competencies by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional
Learning). These competencies include Self-Awareness, Self-Management,
Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills, and Social Awareness.
SEL Adventures has divides its syllabus into different
programs for schools to pick depending on their needs. These include School
Climate Program, Addiction Prevention Program, and the Educator’s SEL Program.
These are available in both English & Spanish. The expertly designed and
complete curriculum allows the teachers to cover all areas of social and
Easier Classroom Instruction
The SEL Adventures program contains interactive lessons that
teachers can use easily for SEL sessions. These sessions are 50 minutes long
and come with training guides. These are not just videos, but complete lessons
that require the teacher to instruct the students.
Apart from helping the teachers instruct, SEL Adventures
programs also help them to keep the students interested in social-emotional
learning. They achieve this by gamifying the whole learning experience. Each
lesson is interactive and it is designed to be interesting. The gamification
keeps the students on their toes. They will follow each and every step of the
curriculum and the fun activities keep them following each lesson, applying
their learnings, and then moving on to the next.
Tracking and Tweaking
In the traditional school setup, it is difficult for
teachers to keep track of every student and how they are performing in class.
This leads to uneven learning and loss of interest among students. However, SEL
Adventures keep track of it by constantly monitoring the achievements of
students and how the school is performing. Administrative reports generated by
the system are extensive, which cover different variables for the school to
If the teachers find that the performance is not up to the
mark, the they can then make changes to their pedagogy to make the SEL lessons
more palatable to the students. This continuous tracking of the SEL program
also helps schools to show the results to parents.
Time to Take Action
It is well-established that social-emotional learning help students perform better at school, create a better environment at school and help a student develop a well-rounded personality.SEL Adventures has created SEL programs that offer real value to students. The value becomes even more apparent from the fact that The Safer Schools in America Impact Grant has invited SEL Adventures to implement their program in 100 school all across the United States.
SEL Adventures piques the interest of students in the SEL, helps parents to recognize the impact of Social-emotional learning on the lives of their children, and certainly makes it easier for teachers to impart SEL more effectively.
Research has clearly shown that social emotional learning is effective in producing results. Over two decades, 200+ studies have been conducted with more than 270,000 students that have driven the point home – social-emotional learning positively impacts students and schools. So, integrating SEL into the formal school curriculum is a step towards a better learning environment. There is not doubt about it. The question that is relevant today is – How can it be integrated in the formal school curriculum. And here are some thoughts.
Teachers are Key
Teachers are the key to the whole process.
They are the ones who are the bridge between the curriculum and the students.
It is important that any SEL program that is integrated into the curriculum is
easier for teachers to teach. SEL Adventures has been designed to make it
seamless for teachers to use. There are classroom-style lessons that the teachers
can teach in the classroom.
Apart from the theory, the SEL Adventures
program also constitutes of activities that help the teachers demonstrate a
“learning” to the students. It takes away the pressure of designing activities
and provides them an effective way to teach their students.
Easier on Students
Students are already dealing with a lot of
things at school. They have their academics, co-curricular activities, and
extra-curricular activities to deal with. So, they are certainly not going to
appreciate any more burden on their already packed schedule.
In order for social-emotional learning to be successfully integrated into a school curriculum, it is important that students find it interesting. SEL adventures is mindful of this fact. That is the reason, it has created it has gamified its SEL program. The gamification keeps the students engaged by keeping the class interactive and allowing students to reflect while they have fun.
The curriculum for the SEL Adventures Program takes care of everything. The program has a long list of lessons including empathy, making better decision, establishing & maintaining positive relationships, and so on. With SEL Adventures, schools do not need to make any kinds of changes. All they need to do is add it to their school schedule, and they are done.
School management and teachers can also
track the performance of their students on the social and emotional factors in
a granular manner. This allows them to understand how their students are
performing and the good returns they are receiving on their investment.
Taking the First Step
Any good school wants their students to do well in life. With programs like SEL Adventures, they will be providing their students all the tools they need to do just that. SEL Adventures makes it easier for the schools to integrate SEL in their formal curriculum, while providing students the best of social-emotional learning.