Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and. manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain. positive relationships, and make. responsible decisions. (Definition from CASEL.)

CASEL’s widely used framework identifies five core competencies.

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

“SEL concepts provide an extra dimension to education, focusing on improving cooperation, communication, and decision making. In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, SEL gives students a framework for developing these skills.” (Second Step

There are hundreds of curriculum options related to emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning, but there are also simple things you can do at home.

  • Help your child establish trusting relationships with family, friends, neighbors and caregivers.
  • Show warmth and affection even when you or the child are having a bad day or the child is misbehaving.
  • When reading books with your child discuss the emotions of the characters, what their facial expression looks like and why they may feel that way.
  • Label the emotions that your child sees family and friends expressing.
  • Model appropriate behavior. 
  • Set intentions with your children.
  • Learn basic mindfulness techniques together.
  • Teach kids self-regulation using music.

RULER

The Southington Public School District is implementing RULER, an approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) based out of Yale University, that teaches emotional intelligence to people of all ages, with the goal of creating a healthier, more equitable, innovative, and compassionate society.

In Southington Schools, you will find tools developed for RULER such as the Mood Meter. The Mood Meter helps us be aware of and understand how we and those around us are feeling. You can watch a webinar from Yale to help learn how to implement the Mood Meter at home at the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBFy2TipPJw&t=8s