Social Emotional Learning

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The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how it can be integrated into all aspects of school life: curriculum, teaching practice and classroom management.

Developed by: Linda Joyce Bruce

Recommended for all educators working with learners from Grades 1 – 7. 

Complete all modules and earn 45 SACE points.

What is SEL?

Social Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults learn the skills and competencies that result in a well-developed level of social-emotional literacy leading to increased success in learning and quality of life.

The six defined SEL competencies covered in the course are self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making and optimistic-thinking. The course offers easy-to-apply classroom management and learner development strategies, and includes free online classroom accesories.

Educators who engage in SEL training and proactively teach a broad-based SEL programme, can realistically expect to enjoy positive outcomes personally, in their classrooms and in the personal development of each learner emotionally, socially and academically.

Skills and knowledge gained through completing the course:

-­‐ A clear understanding of the practice of SEL.

-­‐ An in depth understanding of each competency and how to integrate it into teacher practice, classroom management and learner development.

-­‐ Reflection on personal areas of strength and development with regards to each competency.

Linda Joyce Bruce:

Linda Bruce: B.Econ. (Industrial Psychology) Stellenbosch University; Published author; Creator, author and teacher of COOL TO BE ME – Grades 1 – 6 SEL curriculum. Linda has been researching, developing and teaching SEL programmes for a decade and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise in the field of SEL for the benefit of all learners and educators.




Module 2: Effective integration of SEL

  In module 2 we will explore how best to go about integrating SEL into your school and classroom. Effective integration of SEL into schools and classrooms is the key…

Module 3: Competency 1 – Self Awareness

  This is the third module and we are going to explore the first of the five core SEL competencies: Self Awareness. Self-awareness is defined as the ability to: Accurately…

Module 4A: Competency 2 – Self Management

  In module 4A and we are going to explore the second of the five core SEL competencies: Self-management. Self-management includes two important SEL skills: Self regulation Goal directed behaviour…

Module 6: Competency 4 – Relationship Skills

In this module, we are going to explore the 4th core SEL competencies: relationship skills. Relationship skills are defined as the ability to: • Form positive relationships, • Work cooperatively…

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