Today our specialist, Monica Kurtz gives us her thoughts on trauma and the importance of teaching Social Emotional Learning in our schools.
School shootings. Outrage. Fear. Helplessness. My newsfeed is filled with almost daily reports of another shooting, more victims. More death. Working in a school, particularly in behavior, I have worked with students that scare me. I can envision a dark future that involves them, weapons and widespread destruction. How do we combat that darkness? I’m not the only person asking that question.
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It’s hard for us to master self-compassion. We’re constantly being told that we’re not good enough and that we need to change. Whether we’re in line at the grocery store, listening to the radio, browsing around on facebook, snapchat, instagram, or twitter, there are always sources telling us to change. We’re bombarded by advertisements telling us the best hair styles, how to lose weight, wear the right clothes, change this, and fix that.
Now think about how many sources tell us we’re fine just the way we are? Maybe a few songs, a comment or two from our partners and friends, a few body positivity articles, but it’s never enough. Generally speaking, we’re left on our own to make ourselves feel good enough. And that can be tough.
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If you’ve been in education for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard the words “Social Emotional Learning” before. It’s not a new concept, Social Emotional Learning (or SEL for short), has been around for years, but has just recently started to gain respect, attention, and importance in the world of education.
SEL, as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional, Learning is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
That’s a mouthful, but it contains a lot of really useful information. In a nutshell, SEL is all about understanding how people grow and learn socially and emotionally by looking at the daily interactions and experiences that influence their emotions, behavior, and thereby affect their choices.
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