Tag: Social Emotional Learning Platform

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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 I: What Tools Do Students Need to Become Good Future Planners?

It is no secret that teaching kids how to plan is a step towards ensuring that they are successful in the future. So, it is clearly important. Teachers, parents and schools have to ensure that their students have all the tools to ensure that they can put together a good future plan. What are those tools and how can the adults train the children to use them? Let’s find out.

Thinking Ahead

It is imperative that teachers and parents demand of students to have some kind of a plan in place for the day or the week. Provide them a diary, white board or a smart screen where they can jot down a rudimentary plan. Since it is the beginning, the plan need not be extensive, but it needs to be written down. It will make students start thinking about their day. As the exercise goes on, they will be able to hone the skill, think more clearly, and plan more precisely.

Time Management

Future Planning requires a good sense of time management, which students have to learn. Even adults have a difficult time dividing their time between different activities. So, teaching children time management can be the difference between their success and failure in life. Parents should ask kids to set their times for meals, bedtime, studies, and more. Reward them to sticking to their schedules. This will help them connect time management to a rewarding behavior and encourage them to develop it as a skill.

Organization

Another important aspect of raising good future planners is learning the art of organization. Ask your children to organize their books, toys, video games, or any other part of their life. Teachers can create games that require students to learn skills of organization in class. Introduce them to different methods of organization and let them create some of their own.

When kids learn to organize, it is easier for them to stick to the ambitious future plan with ease. They learn how to compartmentalize and gain clarity where most untrained minds can’t. This helps them to create a foundation to build a future on.

Future Planners Start Today

Arming students of today with the right tools to plan their future is a gift. It is common for kids to dream to become astronauts, international players, doctors, engineers, artists, and more. However, when they know how to do future planning, they can actually chart out a course to becoming one. When they do, they also unravel the skills they need to be a part of these professions. This is huge because they are then better placed to switch their decisions and pick a path more suited to their strengths.

Teachers and parents need to help their students find their talent for future planning. They can also take help from structured programs like SEL Adventures to teach these skills more effectively.

The program on Future Planning is one of the skills present in the SEL Adventures Addiction Prevention Program and it contains lessons on the basics of planning, establishing goals, and achieving them. It helps students envision a future and understand the significance of staying away from addictive substance and anti-social elements. Good future planning is a potent skill and can transform the way our children lead their lives. It is essential that the skill is taught.

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Part II – Helping Students Resist Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is a part of a teenager’s life. But, teachers and parents can empower students with the tools they need to combat this peer pressure and use it in their best interests.

Peer pressure is real, and it’s powerful. It can be as innocuous as keeping up with the fashion trends in the middle school or as threatening as sliding into drug abuse. While students cope with peer pressure in different ways, the onus falls on the parents and teachers to guide them in the right direction. Parents and teachers should spread awareness among students about the support system they have access to and teach them to tap into those resources at the right time.

Recognize it Exists

The first step for parents and teachers towards helping a student is to identify with their situation. Denying the existence of peer pressure or underplaying it does not help. If anything, it will drive the child away from you. They will not relate with your advice, or worse, recognize you as a reliable source of information. So, the first step adults can take to help students resist peer pressure is to acknowledge its existence.

Helping them Spot the Difference

Teachers and parents should help students spot the difference between negative and positive peer pressure. They should know that there is a clear demarcation between a peer pushing them to become a better athlete and another forcing them to take up performance-enhancing drugs. A good move would be to implement programs like SEL Adventures at school that help students clearly demarcate between positive and negative peer relationships. These programs give students all the tools they need to make better choices.

Applying Positive Pressure

Middle school is a time when most parents think that their kids are turning rebellious. However, it is common at this age for children to either imitate their parents, do activities to get their attention, or indulge in things that please their parents. So, parents must identify the kind of power they wield over their child too. Once they do, they can use this power to help their children become better at academics, become more active on the playground, and stand up for themselves against a bully.

Show Confidence

Lastly, parents and teachers should express confidence in their kids. Students should know that there is always somebody to listen to them, and somebody they can go back to even if they fail. This confidence increases their confidence in themselves and minimizes the influence of peers on their life.

Show Them the Way

Parents and teachers are an important contributor to the life of a child. They can share their own experiences, give students a comforting ear, or act as a guide in their formative years. Apart from this, investing in programs like SEL Adventures provides the students with structured information on how to tackle their everyday peer pressures.

Peer pressure is a reality for every middle-schooler. Parents and teachers should pressure-mold the students to make them a productive member of society and not the opposite.

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The Power of Positive Relationships

School climate has a profound impact on the lives of both students and teachers. It is positively correlatedto the academic performance, emotional state, and even the school attendance of students. A healthy school climate promotes job satisfaction and well-being among teachers too. Such a nurturing school climate is built on the strong foundation of positive relationships at the school. These can be the relationships between a student and teacher or between one student and another. Here is how healthy relationships at school impact the school climate.

Student-Teacher Relationships

Support from teachers can help students develop an interest in a subject and master it. A teacher’s support can give the students a strong sense of purpose. The students are inspired from within to learn better to achieve mastery in the subject and not just to get a good grade. They will seek more resources to learn, get more exposure from a young age, and together create a thriving school environment.

Teachers can also provide a challenging, risky, and rewarding environment for the students to learn. When they feel challenged academically, they will pursue it with renewed interest. However, when they falter or fail, the teachers also provide a safe space and emotional support. In a positive teacher-student relationship, students are not afraid of failing but learn from those failures. In such an environment, students will discuss their problems openly, not hide away from studying, learn to doubt and ask questions, and enjoy going to school.

The academic press is an integral part of a positive teacher-student relationship. They set high expectations for students, who achieve them with support from their teachers. This results in high-achieving students who do well in life.

Student-Student Relationships

Positive student-student relationships have a direct impact on the self-esteem of a child. Peers have a powerful influence on the child’s concept of self and their behaviors. Good relationships with other students also help them share their problems and learn to process them in a healthy manner.

Positive peer relationships allow students to get more opportunities to develop their social skills and learn to develop balanced relationships early in life. They gain confidence, learn communication, understand empathy, and more.

Strong bonds with fellow students also help students to explore their likes and dislikes. This promotes a liking for the school, and thereby improve classroom attendance. Good relationships eliminate the need to internalize problems and fall into the pit of substance abuse, drinking, and other vices.

Positive Relationships Are Crucial

Positive relationships with teachers and students can completely change how students perceive school. They create an environment of learning, friendship, comfort, and joy. They make school a place where the student wants to go every day. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is integral to forging positive relationships at school. Programs like SEL Adventures make SEL easy to understand and apply in the real world. All the stakeholders in the school system should make a concerted effort to integrate programs like SEL Adventures in their curriculum to create a positive school environment that students look forward to.

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