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Practical Tools to Implement Social and Emotional Learning  in  Schools

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) involves the processes through which children and youth learn how to acquire and develop knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Our Social and Emotional Learning program offers educators valuable tools to develop and improve their students' concentration, empathy, respect for diversity, tolerance, leadership, creativity, goal achievement, and many other positive and essential behaviours for full social, emotional and ethical development.

The program is implemented through the use of educational material with interactive teaching techniques: lesson plans, dynamics, cooperative games, debates, theatrical sketches and exercises designed to make the learning experience easy, fun, participatory and unforgettable.

Social and Emotional Learning

 

With the easy-to-apply Social and Emotional teaching techniques, students gain skills: 

 

  • to recognize, control and manage their emotions

  • to develop their ability to concentrate and self-control

  • to identify their areas of interest, and work on effectively achieving goals

  • to increase their self-esteem and self-confidence

  • to develop care and concern for others

  • to make responsible decisions

  • to establish positive relationships

  • to deal with challenging situations effectively 

The Social and Emotional Learning objectives are:

 

  • to promote self-knowledge, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making in students

 

  • to improve students' attitudes and beliefs about themselves, friends, family and school

 

  • to develop a perspective on the future and the ability to successfully achieve goals in young people

 

Research indicates that Social and Emotional Learning programs present a wide range of benefits in the student's life: higher academic performance, fewer conduct problems, better personal relationships and greater ability to deal with challenging situations effectively.

Social and Emotional Competencies developed in the Program:

SELF-KNOWLEDGE

Ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions.

Ability to accurately assess your strengths and weaknesses.

A well-founded sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Accurate knowledge of your areas of interest well.

Able to recognize the influence of thoughts on behaviour.

SELF-CONTROL

Ability to regulate emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

Ability to develop motivation, discipline and perseverance.

Know how to reverse negative emotions, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.

Know how to deal with problems in a healthy and proactive way.

Ability to create goals and organizational structures focused on results.

Being able to control impulses, thoughtless reactivity and aggressive behavior.

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

Ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships.

Highly developed empathy.

Well-developed cooperation and teamwork techniques.

Well-developed communication techniques, knowing listen carefully.

Ability to express opinions assertively.

Power to respond calmly and constructively to interpersonal conflict.

Respect different points of view.

SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Know and respect different cultures and ways of life.

Have multicultural awareness, know how to respect and appreciate diversity.

High-developed tolerance, know how to respect other people's points of view.

Respect religious diversity.

Respect sexual diversity.

Have a well-developed sense of solidarity.

RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING

Capacity of identify and analyze problems.

Ability to develop solution options.

Ability to make positive and respectful choices.

Know how to evaluate consequences realistically.

Concern for one's own well-being and that of others.

Ability to evaluate results and modify strategies if necessary.

Social and Emotional Skills Developed in the Program by Competence:

empathy

Action of putting yourself in someone else's shoes, seeking to understand how they think or how they respond to a circumstance. Ability to identify with others, feeling what they feel. Ability to respond appropriately to another's feelings.

self-esteem

Subjective evaluation that a person makes of themselves, whether positive or negative. Self-esteem  involves a personal conception of the ability to like oneself. The most effective path to positive self-analysis is to develop self-knowledge. 

assertiveness

Ability to know how to assert one's rights and express thoughts and feelings clearly and directly. Being assertive is knowing how to say NO without being aggressive and saying YES without being passive.

tolerance

Accept the existence of different points of view, live with them and respect them, even if you don't agree.

 

Accept freedom of expression of contrary opinions. Respect the freedom of choice of others.

motivation

Internal impulse that leads to action. Momentary direction of thought, attention, action towards an objective seen as positive. Process that determines the intensity, direction and persistence of efforts to achieve a goal.

multicultural awareness

Awareness of the diversity of ideas and practices found in human societies around the world. Ability to become aware of different cultural values, beliefs and perceptions. Understand and respect the positive and negative aspects of different cultures.

cooperation

Joint action to achieve a common purpose, a common objective.

 

It is the process where people work or act together for the common benefit. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.

self-confidence

Conviction that a person has to be able to do or accomplish something well. Three factors build self-confidence: self-knowledge, development of personal skills, respect for oneself and others.

leadership

 Art of commanding people, influencing mentalities and behaviors in a positive way. Powerful combination of strategy and character. Leadership is empowering and helping people through effective strategies.

creative thinking

Ability to generate innovative ideas and be successful in solving problems. Ability to release imagination and fully utilize skills and knowledge. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, and learn from what didn't work.

focus

Concentrated attention. Determination to achieve or achieve a goal, not allowing anything to distract or divert you to another path. Focus means having an objective, establishing a plan, being organized and having persistence to achieve the desired goal.

communication skills

Know how to create and establish a continuous bond of trust when expressing yourself. Effective communication involves knowing how to listen carefully, not interrupting the other person, being objective when speaking,  maintain firm eye contact and remain aware of your and the other person's body language.

respect for diversity

Attitude of respect towards diversity generated by differences in class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, abilities, and all attributes that are part of an individual's personal, cultural and social identity

team work

It is when a group of people creates a collective effort to solve a problem or to carry out a certain task. Teamwork enables the exchange of knowledge and agility in achieving shared goals and objectives.

strengths and weaknesses

Knowing how to accurately assess your own strengths and weaknesses is fundamental in the process of self-knowledge. We must value our strengths and minimize our weaknesses, recognizing the influence of both on our behavior.

problem analysis

Critical thinking ability.  Involves  identify a problem, determine its fundamental points, and consider consequences with the aim of reaching a solution. 

recognize emotions

Understand how emotions work, where they arise from and how they manifest themselves. Be aware of your own emotions, recognize them and manage them. Recognize emotions in other people and use the best strategies to build good relationships.

self-control

Ability to consciously create emotions, behaviors, thoughts and desires. Self-control is an essential behavior  to achieve goals and to avoid impulses  or negative emotions.

problem solving

It consists of using methods, in an orderly way, to find solutions to specific problems. Well-defined problem solving has specific objectives, well-defined paths of elucidation and clear expected results.

conflict mediation

Way of dealing with a conflict through a mediator who helps people communicate and negotiate better. It is a process aimed at giving the people involved the authorship of their own decisions, inviting them to reflect and expand alternatives. 

conflict resolution

Methods and processes involved in

search for a peaceful ending to a  conflict. People committed to

resolution actively communicate information about conflicting motives or ideologies, engaging everyone involved in collective bargaining. 

areas of interest

Knowing and developing our areas of interest is fundamental so that we can identify dreams, vocations and skills, define goals, choose a profession, and create a future perspective of full fulfillment. 

solidarity

Act of kindness towards others.  Mutual cooperation between two or more people, regardless of any cultural diversities.

Feeling of togetherness.

goals

Clear goals that help you set priorities and define what's really important to you. Accomplishing goals includes learning how to develop a plan, how to execute it, how to measure performance, and how to achieve goals. progress, how to overcome obstacles and how to stay positive and focused.

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