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Learning SEL competencies

V.  Learning SEL competencies differs in some ways from learning academic competencies

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Social-emotional learning involves

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  • personal emotional and social awareness

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leading to

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  • personal understanding of more fine-tuned choices for personal behavioral management and performance.

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These enhanced personal choices enable personal and collective actions that are more consistent with balanced intellectual processing (subjective and objective) and ultimately desired outcomes.

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Although learning to teach SEL is experience-based, cognitive support helps a lot, too!

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We have an increasing number of evidence-based SEL models that can very well satisfy our cognitive learning needs concerning SEL content and teaching.

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Some of the more well-known models are presented below.

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More important than choosing a specific SEL model, however, is

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  a teacher’s willingness to “dive in” to personally experience SEL in a trustworthy setting 

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to be on both the receiving and giving end of SEL interactions.

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This has certainly been my experience, time and time again.  ~Dr. Jentner

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Many individual teachers, and some teacher groups, have been experimenting on their own for years with understanding and providing social and emotional learning (SEL) in a variety of ways.

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These teachers intuitively understand or have grown to understand the foundational importance of SEL for BOTH academic learning and social adjustment.

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There are many, many approaches to teaching SEL, because, in fact, SEL is so multifaceted in its relevance and constructive use.

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