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 your Pre-kindergarten through the 5th-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.
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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.
This course includes videos from social-emotional learning directors and coordinators from across the USA, guest speakers who are experts in SEL or SEL-related fields, and case studies. You will have the opportunity to learn, reflect, and gain resources for successfully implementing SEL in your own classroom.
- Learn about each of the five CASEL competencies and how the competencies link and build on each other.
- Hear from experts in the SEL field with detailed videos on topics that relate to each of the competencies for pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade students. Topics include:
- Supporting learners as they navigate and develop their own identity
- Identifying emotions
- SEL and special education
- Restorative discipline practices
- Healthy relationships
- Teaching about race
- Case studies from SEL experts on issues you see in your classroom and how the CASEL competencies can help you develop SEL skills in your students with several possible solutions that work with a range of different types of students. Case studies include:
- Homework issues
- Scissor use
- Cliques and asking to play
- Empathy and appreciating diversity
Contributors for this course include:
Jennifer N. Laster
Michelle M. Torres
Highlighted Guest Speakers include:
Lauretta Dawolo Towns
Most likely, you, as a teacher, 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 using with your students.