Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
What is SEL? SEL is an acronym used for social emotional learning in the classroom.
According to CASEL.org the 5 SEL skills are:
- social awareness
- relationship skills
- responsible decision-making
Wow! Those are some comprehensive ideas! These are skills that many grown adults are not equipped with. Unlike traditional teaching and learning, 21st Century SEL for schools is more than a curriculum and lesson plans. It’s more than one-off SEL activities. Effective SEL for classrooms and schools requires a systemic set of strategies and techniques, a common language, and a system for creating psychological safety.
The Generation Text Framework for Social Emotional Learning
The Generation Text Framework will equip adults with a system of routines, practices, SEL learning activities, and discussion topics to guide and support students as:
- they face challenges
- work to resolve conflicts
- celebrate success
Through this framework educators, coaches and youth workers are provided with the necessary SEL training, coordinated SEL lesson plans, and a system to train the trainer for SEL in the classroom and develop a SEL mentor program.
Effective SEL frameworks provide the educator with a road map to equip their students with the SEL skills they need to:
- Manage emotions
- Effectively communicate
- Build relationships
- Solve problems
- Resolve conflict
This systematic SEL (social emotional learning) approach will provide adults with 21st Century SEL strategies and techniques to make personal connections with their students, in order to best support them for positive social, emotional, and academic outcomes.
The Generation Text Online Framework
The Generation Text Online framework provides a process to develop a SEL skill set and foundation in order to set young adults up for successful relationships and a process for resolving conflict, solving problems and self-advocating.
By implementing the Generation Text Online Framework in the learning environment, participants will be exposed to daily routines and practices, and thinking patterns in order to develop the muscle memory needed to employ these skills in real life situations.
- Module 1 — Active Listening, Respect, Eye Contact
- Module 2 — Empathy, Compassion, and Trust
- Module 3 — Inclusion, Acceptance, and Tolerance of Differences
- Module 4 — Establishing a Common Language; Mean vs. Nice
- Module 5 — Creating Psychological Safety through the Eight Essential Questions
- Module 6 — Building Self-esteem
Until participants have mastered these skills, it will be impossible to have successful relationships, resolve conflict, solve problems, and self-advocate.
Why we have to provide SEL to staff, students and families
Emotional wellness, social skills, and life skills are important tools for everyone to develop as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Individuals who are well socially and emotionally tend to get along better with others, accomplish more, and generally are more happy. They’ve learned how to view themselves positively, evaluate challenges, interact with others, and choose appropriate responses – especially in times of stress or other challenges.
Individuals who don’t get the support they need to develop socially and emotionally are at increased risk for:
- Behavioral issues
- Controlling disappointment, anger and aggression
- Depression and Anxiety
- Poor self-image
- Lack of confidence
- Poor academic performance
- Poor athletic performance
- Self-destructive behavior
- Alcohol, vaping and drug use as a teenager and young adult
- Self-Harm and Suicide
21st Century Issues
- Anger towards others
- Being mad at ourselves
- Feeling alone
- How to be happy
- Parental Pressure
- Sports we play/teams we are on
- Academic Pressure
- Getting and staying motivated