Subscribe to the 6th grade through 12th-grade Teacher Course.
Welcome to your Seltrove Online Teacher Course! This course will guide you through the theory and foundations of social-emotional learning (SEL) and give you best practices, activity ideas, and strategies for implementing SEL into a 6th-12th grade classroom.
Social-emotional learning is an important skill for both students and teachers. When students feel cared for, feel confident in who they are and their abilities, and have healthy relationships with their peers and trusted adults, they are able to learn better. And when teachers focus on their own balance and well-being, they are able to be more effective teachers as well.
As we look around our world, experts, practitioners, teachers, and school administrators have realized that content is not the only thing we should be teaching our students -- students also need to learn the soft-skills of identifying and regulating their emotions, appreciating diversity and respecting others, developing their thinking skills appropriate for identifying problems and solving them, communicating effectively and creating healthy and lasting relationships, along with many other skills.
As a teacher, you have already been teaching your students social-emotional learning even if your school does not subscribe to a particular SEL curriculum since social-emotional learning and good teaching go hand-in-hand. This course will support the work you are already doing and put names to techniques you are already teaching your students.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has developed five social-emotional learning competencies. While these are not the only competencies students need when developing their social-emotional well-being, their framework provides an organizational method for developing SEL skills. Throughout this course, we will focus on all five CASEL competencies.
For social-emotional learning to be most successful, it is important to note that all five competencies are interrelated. Learning should be individualized and differentiated when appropriate, and learning should be integrated throughout the classroom, the school community, students' home lives, and the community at large. Also, it is important to engage parents/caregivers in the process of social-emotional learning.
Contributors for this course include:
Jennifer N. Laster
Michelle M. Torres
Highlighted Guest Speakers include:
Lauretta Dawolo Towns