Social emotional learning, commonly referred to by its abbreviation SEL, is the process of fostering the self-control, interpersonal skills, and self-awareness that are essential for school, work, and life success. People who have strong social emotional learning skills are able to better cope with everyday challenges and benefit from them professionally, socially, and in the case of students, academically. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. It is a methodology that helps students across ages to better understand their emotions, feel those emotions with full effect, and show empathy for others. These learned behaviors are then incorporated into students making positive, responsible decisions; creating frameworks to achieve their goals, and building positive relationships with others. While social emotional learning is not exactly a designated subject like history or math, it can be incorporated into the fabric of the curriculum of a school. When educators make academic lessons a lot more personal and relatable to the students, they may be more inclined to participate and less likely to get distracted during their subjects. By fostering a sense of empathy, self-awareness, and feelings of inclusiveness and safety in the classroom, social emotional learning can have a greatly positive impact that can potentially last a lifetime.
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