Few support resources - how to recognize when a teacher is in over their head?
It is important for teachers to provide SEL instruction to their students. However, it is also important for teachers to know their limitations both personally and professionally. Our district has provided an SEL program and sporadic training to teachers and staff. However, none of the training has addressed teachers'/staffs' personal and professional limitations. Because we have very few staff members dedicated to supporting our elementary students with social or emotional (even psychological) needs teachers pick up the slack. However, I have seen teachers involved in situations that are beyond their expertise or ability - personally or professionally. I am COMPLETELY supportive of SEL and was teaching it in my classroom years before it emerged in education circles. However, it is important to stress the limitations of teachers. It is unlawful to provide certain services without a professional license and teachers needs to be aware of those boundaries. When no one else is available to help a student, teachers with students who have extreme problems are quick to step in to fill the gap because we love our students. But teachers need training in knowing when and where to turn to if a situation is beyond their abilities or license.