SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING  

Educators, as well as those in the business world, have come to the realization that academic learning is just one piece of the final picture. In order to ensure that our students reach their potential in school, in work, and in life, they must have the skills that help them to process and act on information effectively with others. These are often referred to as “soft” or “noncognitive” skills.  A better word to describe them would be “essential skills”. 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL, 2005) 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. The research by Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor and Schellinger (2011) and others suggest that teaching SEL has a positive impact on student learning and achievement.

Articles

What if Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Websites

Design Thinking in the ELA Classroom

Videos

Design Thinking - Maximizing Your Students' Creative Talent

Books

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Better Than Carrots and Sticks