The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) definesSocial and emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
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Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Teaching social-emotional skills in class sounds great, and the idea has a broad and growing following in K-12 schools. In practice, however, executing evidence-based strategies to teach skills like empathy and self-control to students can be challenging for schools, and prohibitively so.
Growing up can be tough. As young people's bodies and brains are changing rapidly, they're also grappling with new ideas and influences that will shape who they become. Kids today might actually have it worse, thanks to technology. They're going through their awkward stages-the braces and bad haircuts and first crushes-on Instagram and Snapchat.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) helps improve kids' academic performance, curtail bullying, reduce dropout rates, and build character. American Institutes for Research "Since research has demonstrated the importance of social and emotional competencies for success in school and in life, educators and researchers have worked together to intervene and develop students' social and emotional competencies."