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How Does SEL Adventures Help Teachers Impart Social Emotional Learning?

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.

Complete Curriculum

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 emotional learning.

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 look at.

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.

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Part II: How Can Schools Integrate SEL Into Their Formal School Curriculum

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.

Comprehensive Curriculum

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.

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Part II: Creating A Positive School Climate in The New School Semester

Schools are a thriving ecosystem and are an integral part of every child’s life. The responsibility lies with the school management, teachers, and parents to make sure that they continue to thrive and provide a positive environment for a student to learn and grow.

To create such a positive environment requires a broader focus that goes beyond academics. School management, teachers and parents need to work towards implementing formal social and emotional programs like SEL Adventures at schools. Here is how schools, teachers, and parents can achieve a positive school climate.

Take Stock

Schools should focus on assessing the existing school climate. They can achieve this by taking into account the rate of absenteeism, cases of bullying, parent complaints, and other such problems in the school in the previous semester. Schools can also randomly select students, parents and teachers and interview them to find out the ground reality. They can also take the help of a consultant. This kind of granular assessment will help them identify the problems the students are facing and how to address them in the new semester.

Create a Plan

Once the school has identified the problem, the next step should be working towards a resolution. The resolution should include inputs from all the stakeholders – teachers, students, and parents. This ensures engagement and a commitment to realize a shared vision. Socially and emotionally healthy school environment can only be built on such a concerted effort from all the stakeholders.

Schools can then decide how they are going to incorporate the social and emotional learnings in their curriculum. Programs like SEL Adventures help them pick and choose among courses that address different issues at a school, including addiction, bullying, anxiety, and so on.

Work Together

A positive school climate requires positive relationships. Such relationships should exist among the students as well as between the students and teachers. Teachers become more accessible to students, which aids learning. The positive relationships among students help in boosting their confidence, developing amazing friendships, and promote attendance at school.

It’s Well Worth It

While the whole process and the collaboration among stakeholders do require certain degree of time and effort, it is every bit worth it. However, programs like SEL Adventures do help in a more seamless and successful implementation.

A positive school climate completely changes how a school functions and how a child evolves. It can transform an anxious child on the first day back to school to a confident, happy, and a student eager to learn by the end of it. The return on investment in a positive school environment is incredibly high.


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Part I: How To Deal With Back To School Anxiety With SEL

As the summer season bids farewell, its time to get back to school. It is a stressful time for students. They have to get back to the school schedule, work through the various activities, manage academic assignments, and more. So, a little anxiety out of the anticipation for a new session at school is expected. It is a natural response. However, if students do not learn how to cope with anxiety at an early stage in their life, it can have a long-lasting and damaging impact on their personality. In fact, depression and anxiety are among the top health issues that youth suffer from.

Students suffering from anxiety can find it challenging to conduct themselves ‘normally’ at school. Programs like SEL Adventures Platform helps students to learn social-emotional skills and be prepared to handle back to school anxiety.

Learning About Emotions

Students who feel a flood of emotions can often find coming back to school overwhelming. They feel a rush of emotions but cannot put a finger on why they are feeling them. Being a part of an SEL Adventures platform helps them get a hold of their emotions. Once they can identify if they are feeling sad, angry, frustrated, or any other emotion, they are better placed to deal with it.

SEL also helps students to deal with baseless emotions of fear that they might be feeling. It helps them become more comfortable, and the school environment seems less intimidating to them.

Make Better Decisions

Anxiety may not sound like much to a person who has never experienced it, but it can be incredibly scary, even for adults. For a child dealing with anxiety, it can be a tormenting experience. At such a point, SEL helps them plough through their emotions and helps them make sense of their immediate surroundings. It helps them get a new perspective.

To counter their anxiety, students may take to substance abuse, bad behavior, skipping school, and more. However, with SEL Adventures, they learn to cope with such situations and make better decisions. It teaches them to fall back on their parents, teachers and peers for help instead of moving away from them.

Forge Positive Relationships

SEL Adventures platform also empowers the students with the strategies to enter in positive peer relationships. Such relationships help students create a support system for themselves. This support system is a powerful tool against the anxiety they feel.

When students have friends around who want to talk to them, play with them, and listen to them, it is less likely that they will feel anxious. SEL essentially makes the school environment more positive and nurturing for the students.

Students Know They are Not Alone

With SEL programs like SEL Adventures Platform, schools can completely change the future of the students who deal with anxiety. Students will understand that they are not alone in their struggle with anxiety. There are many other students like them, tools are available to help them cope with it, and there is an entire support system to help them through this journey. In such a scenario, instead of fearing coming back to school, they will want to go to school. Regularly.

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