Working as a middle school teacher has certainly shown me the need for social-emotional education in schools. It’s more than just students’ yearning for acceptance and belonging at a confusing and changing time in their lives. Add to that technology becoming even more ever-present, and we as a people begin to have a disconnect with each other.
Social and emotional learning develops empathy, positive relationships, responsibility and citizenship, and positive emotional expression.
While there are many lessons and programs that focus on SEL, we can support the SEL of our students in small, easy ways every day.
- Greet each student by name at the door when they enter your classroom.
- Smile and say “good morning” when you see students and staff in the hallway, even if you don’t know them.
- Monkey see, monkey do! Always model positive interactions and relationships with adults and students in the building – kids will tend to emulate what they see from you!
How do you support SEL in your school?