What comes to mind when you hear "social-emotional learning"? Zenned-out students sitting on the floor meditating? A classroom full of kids singing songs and hand-holding hands? Or perhaps the thought "learning about feelings is nice...but who's got the time?" There are many ideas (and misconceptions) about SEL. What it looks like in a RITCH classroom is recognizing each of our students as a "whole child" and understanding that they learn best when their needs in ALL areas are met.
With all that's going on in the world today, most of us understand the importance of SEL in terms of a student's overall well-being and growth, yet it tends overlooked. Why? It usually boils down to a lack of time. It's viewed as an "extra" that just doesn't fit into our already busy day. The good news is SEL can be tied into what you're already teaching fairly easily! Below are some resources that you may find helpful. I think you'll find that when students learn strategies for regulating their emotions and learn how to connect with each other in a positive way, they become more focused, attentive, calm, and...happy!