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 one another, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.Students’ ability to succeed academically, personally and down the road professionally is strongly correlated with their social & emotional intelligence. Social-emotional learning is not happening as consistently in the home (or elsewhere in society) as it did in the past. Much of this has to do with the pressures presented in today’s society including but not limited to the increase in social media usage, teachers being asked to teach a curriculum geared towards standardized test taking, and increasing competition for entrance into colleges and universities.
Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.
Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.