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Teaching and learning SEL competencies differs from academic competancies

Teaching — and learning — SEL competencies is different than teaching and learning academic competencies.

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For example,

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Note that social-emotional and academic learning are each aided by the other.

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Note also that effective academic learning rests upon a solid social-emotional learning foundation.

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It is now becoming widely recognized that “social and emotional learning” in schools can be as important as — or even more important than — cognitive gains in explaining important developmental and life outcomes (Durlak et al. 2011; Heckman and Kautz 2012; Levin 2012).

~(Cited in Belfield, Bowden, Klapp, Levin, Shand, Zander, 2015,
The Economic Value of Social & Emotional Learning,
Columbia University).

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These SEL skills empower superior interpersonal, intellectual, and behavioral performance amidst varying interpersonal circumstances.

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These enhanced personal choices enable

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personal and collective actions

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that are more consistent with

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balanced intellectual processing

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of facts and participants’ experiences

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(objective and subjective)

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leading to ultimately superior outcomes for all parties.

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Learning SEL skills is first and foremost a “whole mind” effort based upon LEARNING EXPERIENCES.

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While SEL is not simply intellectually focused, SEL includes a developmentally appropriate intellectual focus.

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SEL more holistically includes one’s

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  • five senses,

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  • personally satisfying proprioceptive balance,

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  • personal emotional awareness,

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  • interpersonal awareness,

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  • intellectual understandings

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— integrated, in unison —

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to enable more ultimately pro-social and mutually satisfying decisions, actions, and goal attainment among parties.

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  SEL teaches participants to be aware of, manage, and harness their emerging intra-personal, inter-personal, and intellectual understandings in unison. 

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While 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 and interests concerning the content of SEL teaching.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions about SEL  <<Click here.

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