Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into the Classroom

  • May 19, 2021

Social, emotional learning in the classroom has brought significant changes in the ways teachers now approach everything. This everything includes the primary academic subjects or recess. Social-emotional learning aids children in developing positive self-esteem, managing their emotions, set and ultimately achieve goals. Showing empathy for others and handling stress is also a part of the same. According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 33% of teenage students with age 13 to 18 are experiencing an anxiety disorder. The number of children and teens facing an anxiety disorder has seen an upsurge. Emotional learning can provide children with coping mechanisms which can act to reduce the prevalence of anxiety. This can be particularly important if teachers introduce social-emotional learning in early childhood. Many educators believe that SEL helps students learn soft skills, which will help them be productive and subsequently successful adults.

Implementation of Social Emotional Learning in Classroom

Social-emotional learning can be integrated into the very learning environment by the teachers along with the academic curriculum. It can be taught separately from other subjects or implemented to make it an overall classroom philosophy. Students shall greatly benefit if SEL lesson plans are implemented continuously at all grades along with the curriculum. Early childhood teaching would create a strong foundation for learning advanced SEL concepts.

Teachers trying to implement SEL must first decide upon a comprehensive curriculum designed to:

  • Help students identify their self-concept
  • Introduce Positive Actions for Body and Mind
  • Teaching Students to Manage their Feelings
  • Teach Empathy
  • Teach Students to Face the Truth
  • Help Students Practice Self-Improvement Strategies

Strategies to Implement Social-Emotional Learning

Help Students Identify their Self-Concept

The essential feature of SEL in the classroom would consist of student's self-concept and awareness. An individual's self-concept would relate to how they would perceive themselves. Can shape a person's self-concept through interactions with teachers, parents, and peers.

Introduce Positive Actions for Body and Mind

Students feel delighted about themselves once they complete positive actions successfully. Emphasizing positive physical and intellectual health representing emotional learning helps students establish good habits to achieve success.

Teaching Students to Manage their Emotions

Students must learn to handle their emotions and develop the habit of helping others and themselves. A belief in positive thoughts leading to positive action must be formed. Students would gain a sense of responsibility that helps in improving their self-concept and boosting their self-esteem.

Teach Empathy

One must treat others how they would want to be treated. Today, empathy plays a dominant role in the classroom's social-emotional learning. They must learn how to treat others with kindness and to pay respect. Student performance can be rewarded if they do well.

Teach Students to Face the Truth

Students can recognize their shortcomings through Social-emotional learning, which helps them to improve. Teachers can ask students to take responsibility for their actions and ask them to finish their assignments on time.

Help Students Practice Self-Improvement Strategies

Students can focus on self-improvement once they recognize their areas of improvement and can learn to take responsibility for their decisions. A growth mindset, or understanding that every individual is capable of learning new skills, plays an essential role in getting about how to implement SEL successfully.

Outcomes of SEL Implementation

Socio-emotional learning aids students in being more confident and creating kinder students who are in a better situation to face the outside world's stress.

  • Students focus more on their tasks than getting distracted and engaged in inappropriate activities.
  • They are seen to build more self-confidence through SEL and hence betterment in academics. They are seen to get better in reading achievement.
  • Socio-emotional learning enables them to manage and cope with anger rather than initiating violent actions.
  • SEL has been instilled with a greater sense of responsibility to be on time to school and reduced absenteeism.

Increase family bonding and a reduction in family conflict are seen, and increasing family bonding is cherished. Rise in favourable development in early childhood a rise in positive effect indicating a rise in self-esteem and physical health is observed

The core SEL competencies enable student life to cope with the daily stresses of life and be more empathetic toward others. Most importantly, SEL aids in creating self-secure individuals with a sound knowledge of academics.

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