What is Social-Emotional Learning?
Social-Emotional Learning refers to a child’s interpersonal (social) development with others while the emotional aspect relates to the child’s intrapersonal development of self.
The purpose of social-emotional learning is to enable children to manage the complexities, demands and pressures of everyday life by developing confidence, resilience and the ability to self-manage, make good choices and build healthy relationships. Research has shown that social-emotional learning contributes significantly to overall health and happiness as well as academic progress. SEL programmes focus on teaching children how to manage emotions and their behaviours and interactions with others.
It focuses on 5 core competencies:
- Personal awareness,
- Social awareness,
- Responsible decision-making,
- Relationship building.
Some would argue that there simply isn’t time to teach or coach social skills in a time of intense academic demands and challenges, but research and data world-wide, show that it’s possibly the best investment to make as it reveals significant impact on academics.
What is COOL TO BE ME’s role in social-emotional learning?
COOL TO BE ME has developed a social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum from grades 1 – 7 that supports the Life Skills subject at primary school. The intended outcomes are developed skills, behaviours and attitudes that learners need to effectively manage their emotional, cognitive and social behaviour.
Our programme has the critical competencies identified as quintessential outcomes for social-emotional learning, namely, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and, responsible decision-making capacity. (casel.org/why-it-matters/what-is-sel.)
Broadly speaking, The CTBM SEL Learning Programmes teach the following skills:
- Increased awareness about emotions and moods
- How to better understand other people’s feelings so as to appreciate others’ points of view and to choose personal behaviour based on this
- How to better understand and control the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours
- The ability to identify negative thoughts or irrational beliefs and re-frame them
- How to physically relax when under pressure
- How to learn effective communication and listening skills for problem solving
- How to build resilience