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.