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Social emotional learning

The field of social emotional learning (SEL) or sometimes called character education (CE) has exploded over the last several decades.  SEL is the process of learning competencies and related skills (Zines, Bloodworth, Weissberg, Walberg, 2007) that promotes the ability to integrate thinking, feeling and behaving to achieve important life tasks.  
  • Self-awareness: the ability to label, express, interpret and respond to basic and complex emotions in oneself and others
  • Self-regulation: the awareness of physiological responses linked to emotional responses; the ability to use strategies to manage oneself in order to think and respond rationally based on the context and situation and to recover from stress
  • Social awareness and group participation: the ability to demonstrate awareness of oneself and others in a group environment that demonstrates flexible thinking and commitment to group goals
  • Relationship skills: the ability to relate to others through initiating and maintaining a connection with a variety of peers and adults across a range of situations
  • Problem solving and peaceful conflict resolution: the ability to identify a problem, to consider the context, to use a range of solutions to solve a problem and to negotiate conflict while meeting one’s own needs and the needs of others
  • Social responsibility and the well-being of oneself and others: the ability to take the perspective of others, to understand similarities and differences, to acknowledge one’s own strengths and challenges and to contribute to the community in a meaningful way
Research shows that all children benefit from explicit teaching of social emotional competencies and related skills provide in the context of reciprocal responsive relationships and supportive environments.