Social-emotional learning (SEL): is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.Have you ever wondered how some people seem to do very well in social situations, while others struggle in a more crowded environment? How can you help both yourself and others with becoming more comfortable in social situations? SEL is meant to help develop the socialskills necessary for both personal and professional success. SEL helps people cope with the stresses of everyday life. It is important for people of all ages to learn SEL skills in order tofunction healthily within society.
The benefits of SEL have been seen in the following:
● 5–12% decrease in school dropout rates associated with SEL
● 13% increase in academic achievement with SEL
● $11 returned for each $1 invested in social-emotional learning
● 79% of employers say SEL skills are the most important qualities for job success
SEL is not just for kids to learn in school, it is also for professionals who are looking to develop stronger networking skills. Being able to ‘read the room’ or pick up on people’s nonverbal cues is a major aspect thriving in an office setting. There is a time and a place for everything. Social awareness skills allow individuals to recognize and overcome social obstacles. This in turn,
would allow them to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships with their peers as well as in their personal family/friend social circles.
SEL is also tied to decision-making. By learning how to recognize the needs of both their own and others, it helps individuals recognize the right decision for both the individual and the collective. Ethical decision making can make or break both personal or professional relationships. The more time someone spends on their SEL, the better they become at managing situations with a variety of stress levels. SEL takes time to develop and may come easier for some people and not for others, however, it is a lifelong skill that can always be improved. It starts at childhood and will continue for the rest of your life. These skills can be passed on to friends, family members, and professional peers.
People always strive to be the best, so why not be the best at SEL?
“Emotional learning is not a quick or easy lesson. Many adults never master it, but practice
makes it better. The more practice young children get, the better they will be able to express
their emotions and control their behavior.” Heather Shumaker