Opportunity for SEL-Academic Integration
Our current health crisis is an opportunity for us to differentiate between social emotional supports for mental health/well-being and supporting adults and children in growing in the social emotional competencies necessary to engage in academic learning remotely and/or in person.
Engaging in specific practices with both adults and students to allow a safe space for expressing emotions and sharing how to manage those emotions are examples of providing social emotional supports for mental health/well-being. Utilizing CASEL’s 3 SEL signature practices (welcoming/inclusion activity, engaging strategies, optimistic closure), for instance, promotes a climate of belonging and connectedness that elevates motivation, engagement, and collaboration.
Being explicit to teach the specific skills that support students to engage in a particular content area/ activity is social emotional learning integrated into academics. This requires us to identify the discrete skills in each category of SEL core competency.