Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the skills kids need to manage their emotions, make good decisions, and build positive relationships. These skills are important for success in school, eventually at work, and in life.

At an early age, SEL can help kids:

  • Do better in school
  • Be less likely to bully or be bullied
  • Be less likely to drop out of school
  • Develop good character

SEL skills also help kids cope with everyday challenges. They help kids focus, make good decisions, and be supportive members of their community.


Let’s review each competency:

SELF-AWARENESS: Understanding our emotions, thoughts, and values is crucial for how we behave. It’s important to recognize both our strengths and limitations while maintaining a positive outlook and a mindset that encourages growth.

SELF-MANAGEMENT: Being able to handle stress, resist impulses, and stay motivated while striving for goals by managing your emotions, thoughts, and actions in various situations is a valuable skill.

SOCIAL AWARENESS: Having the ability to connect with people from all walks of life, respecting different social and ethical standards, and being aware of the resources and assistance provided by family, school, and community – these are all important skills.

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS: Developing and nurturing positive connections with those around us is so important. It involves being able to express ourselves clearly, work well with others, handle disagreements in a constructive way, and reach out for support when we need it.

RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING: It’s important to be able to make good decisions when it comes to personal behavior and social interactions, taking into account ethical principles, safety, and societal norms. This involves carefully considering the potential consequences of different actions and being mindful of the well-being of both yourself and those around you.


It’s worth noting that schools may use different approaches when implementing social emotional learning (SEL) programs. These may include holding class meetings, establishing advisory programs, offering wellness programs, inviting guest speakers, integrating SEL into the curriculum, and encouraging student-led initiatives. However, it’s crucial to remember that despite having a SEL program, children will still face the natural challenges of growing up.

Teaching children how to effectively communicate and manage their emotions is vital in developing their social and emotional skills. It’s also the foundation for shaping their character throughout their lives. By equipping them with the necessary tools to overcome fear and develop courage, we can help them build strong relationships with others. Empathy is another important skill that fosters compassion, and we can teach them that too.

Lastly, it’s essential to remember that we all have a responsibility to support our classrooms, families, and communities, and promote a sense of accountability.

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