What is Social Emotional Learning?

by | May 15, 2021 | Kids, Mindfulness, Resources, Social-Emotional Learning, Students | 0 comments

What is SEL?

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is about using self-awareness and self-regulation to connect and build relationships. SEL helps create and sustain a safe environment (physically, mentally, and emotionally) for an inquisitive community of learners to thrive and for their curiosities to flourish. It is an approach for relating to self and others that requires “practice, practice, practice”. Daily routine and structure ensures that these skills (self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness and responsible decision-making) are reinforced in a natural and easy way to be called upon at a moment’s notice.

Connection - Self-awareness - Self-regulation

Connection

Class Catalyst gives students the ability to connect with teachers when they are feeling triggered or upset. In turn, teachers can respond in real-time by connecting directly with students or triaging support with counselors or social workers.

Self-Awareness

Class Catalyst harnesses the technology students love (Chromebooks!) with deep, meaningful ways for them to grow in confidence, trust, and resilience, disguised as a quick and easy task. And Social/Emotional skills are skills for life!

Self-Regulation

Class Catalyst puts the power in each student’s hands. Students are given agency to select from practices that are based on their input. The more they use Class Catalyst the more they learn what best works for them.

Student checking in on an iPad

Mindfulness

Students are offered a chance to “be” rather than “do, do, do”.  These activities invite students to be present with their experience and to cultivate a deepening sense of self-awareness.

Movement

Light movement techniques offer ways to promote body awareness while managing anxiety and stress.

Girl stretching
Girl practicing a breathing as another student checks-in

Breathwork

Breathing exercises help students build resilience and provide a positive way for students to get centered.

Artwork

These seated and calming activities offer ways to express emotions, allow students to find a creative outlet, and find a relaxed and focused state of mind.

Boy practicing Mooka
Teacher connecting with her student

Reflection

From Gratitude Journaling to  goal and intention setting, these practices give students the opportunity to look within to find what really motivates them to succeed.

Visualization

Calming language and imagery help evoke a state of peace and tranquility that students can rest in for a few moments.

Student checking in with Class Catalyst

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