Virtual and Distance Social Emotional Learning During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak Family Guide
WHY TEACH SOCIAL- EMOTIONAL SKILLS
Social-emotional skills are needed for children and adults to identify and manage one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to maintain healthy lifestyles. Developing positive social-emotional skills increases a person’s ability to build healthy relationships, achieve goals, express empathy, make responsible decisions, and practice positive self-care. It’s important as educators and families that we address the needs of the whole child. Awareness and discussion of social-emotional skills help fulfill the need to improve the overall mental and behavioral health of children, families, and communities during this pandemic.
WHAT IS SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set positive goals, show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The Collaborative of Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
FIVE CORE COMPETENCES OF SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SELF-AWARENESS
The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking/offering help when needed.
RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING
The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others. as defined by CASEL HOW TO PROVIDE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Make social-emotional learning part of your child’s everyday interactions. SEL can be taught in a natural format in time increments from 5 to 15 minutes, and can take place during play time, designated educational time, and daily conversations with children.
Please see link for more information. https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/Student%20Support_SEL_Educators%20Resource-2-2.pdf
Free Social-Emotional Learning for Students and Parent Resources