Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is comprised of research-based practices to build resilience, confidence, focus, and communication skills — leading to improved learning and relationships. Classes are theme based to expand a growth mindset. Within the theme of the class, students are led through a series of mind, body, and reflective practices which are shown to have a positive impact on:
- Brain development
- Emotional intelligence
- Physical health
- Pursuit of personal passions
- Academic performance
- Mental health and stress management
- Social skills
SEL builds a toolbox of strategies for students. These practices can be woven into curriculum or linked together into an SEL-focused class. Components include:
- Centering/settling practices (ability to settle, focus)
- Breath awareness (connection to the present moment, finding calm)
- Mindful movement (move our bodies, build strength and balance, release extra energy)
- Community interaction (enhance social awareness, strengthen relationships, decrease stress)
- Focus building through mindfulness (opportunity to practice focusing on things that do serve us)
- Creative expression (experiencing our creativity)
- Relaxation (soothes stress, activates parasympathetic nervous system, improves cognition and sleep)
All aspects of an SEL class include an opportunity for personal reflection; students build awareness of which tools they find effective and evaluate when they could independently use a practice to support their well-being. For instance, if a student is experiencing increased stress before a test, they may decide to implement a superhero pose that morning; or if a student realizes their mind is wandering in class, they may decide to take three belly breaths to bring their attention back.
SEL practices are varied, effective, fun, and creative. Not all practices will appeal to all kids. Within the framework of SEL, students are able to identify experiences that are useful to their unique style, circumstances, and preferences. Experiences are also adjusted to best support kids based on their age and stage.
I offer 30-minute SEL sessions for students who want to develop mind-body skills that support resilience, reduce stress, and improve learning.