Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning
Pamela Randall: Social-emotional skills are the essential skills for success in school, work and life. Natalie Walchuk: Social-emotional learning centers their mind and body. It reduces their emotional tension, so they can be open to new content and material. We find that academic outcomes increase exponentially when students are nurtured, loved and cared for. That we get much more out of them when we first address social-emotional needs. So for us, it's actually an academic intervention, and not just an emotional one. Pamela: If we expect students to be college and career ready, it's important for us to focus on these skills and competencies: Self-Awareness; Self-Management; Social Awareness; Relationship Skills; and Responsible Decision-Making. Natalie: We find that Self-Awareness is one of the hardest things for young people. Pamela: Self-Management is the ability to self-motivate, to have self-control, to regulate one's emotions. Student: You're in my boat if you have a bully now.
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