Snapshot: October

We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-Emotional Learning is a critical part of education.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children, youth and adults understand and manage emotions, while gaining insight in both personal and social context.  SEL fosters resilience, connection, intra and interpersonal skills, enabling positive decision making and management.

What Are The Components of Social-Emotional Learning?
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Self Awareness

Self Awareness is the ability to reflect on and understand our thoughts, behaviours and emotions as we gain insight into our strengths and areas of growth.

Self Management

Self Management is about learning to regulate the way we respond to our internal and external landscape.  We use self management to set goals, motivate ourselves and manage our emotions.

Responsible Decision Making

Responsible decision making allows us to weigh out options, consider choices, and make decisions reflective of our goals and desired outcomes.

Relationship Skills

Relationships skills enable us to make and maintain healthy relationships, while fostering interpersonal skills such as clear communication, cooperation, assertiveness, and conflict resolution.

Social Awareness

Social awareness helps us understand perspectives outside of our own.  Social awareness builds empathy, and helps us see and hold diverse opinions.

New and Revised BC Curriculum

Social-Emotional Learning and BC Curriculum:

With the value of SEL in mind, the BC Ministry of Education has embedded core competencies into curriculum, focusing on thinking, communication, and personal and social competencies.  These reflect the skills required to identify in the world, both on an individual and community level.   With SEL integrated throughout curriculum and class work, students can expect to see improvements in areas such as academic acheivement, classroom behaviour, attitudes about self, others, and school, and distress tolerance and management.

What is the Benefit to SEL?

What is the Impact?

A meta-analysis conducted by Joseph Durlak in 2011 reviewed over 213 research studies, reflecting over 200,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  Research consistently indicated enhanced results in the following areas:

- Improved students' skills, attitudes, and behaviour in school
- Enhanced academic skills, with average academic achievement improving 11 percentile points
- Enhanced ability to self regulate, and manage emotions
- Improved sense of confidence and perseverance when facing challenges and adversity
- Enhanced empathy
- Better attitude toward self

Putting SEL Into Practice

SEL in the Classroom

Research by Dr. Jones has found that emotions and feelings, social and interpersonal skills, cognitive skills, beliefs and attitudes, and character are all key components to any strong SEL program.  In Saanich, these can be seen through the EASE program, zones of regulation, Physical and Health education, homeroom focus, and revised curriculum, among other initiatives.

SEL is a Lifelong Process!

SEL i is a lifelong process!  In the pursuit of one's own social emotional learning, try to approach your own thoughts and emotions from a place of curiosity and compassion, rather than judgement. As Dr. Marc Brackett suggests, try to be an emotion scientist, rather than an emotion judge.  When approached from a place of compassion and curiosity, emotions can provide valuable information into our own lives, and can guide us in making healthy and beneficial decisions.

Check Out Heart-Mind Online for Classroom Ideas and Activities

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Interested in Learning More?

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October 2020