By now, you have heard of all the buzz word SEL or Social and Emotional Learning. The main question that people have been asking is how do you implement
School Wide SEL matter?
If you don’t have everyone on board with SEL, will your school have a strong community? Will the school be able to assist students that struggle with their emotions? No. They won’t be able to support the students in their school and then we are doing a disservice to our students.
How can you implement
School wide SEL?
Focus on adult SEL
As a fully functioning adult myself, I am just NOW understanding my emotions. Sometimes it takes days for me to understand how I am feeling. If staff has their own time to cultivate their own social, and emotional and cultural competence, it will make a huge difference.
Start by having teachers collaborate with each other. Teachers can build trust amongst their team and then amongst the school.
Discipline should be instructive. It should not be as a way to mock the student. They should be restorative along with developmentally appropriate. Students should also be treated equitably.
Authentic Family Relationships
Teachers and parents need to have a relationship. They need to have open communication. If teachers and students don’t have that open communication, then you will not be able to build a positive relationship. You also will not be able to have a school wide SEL without the parents involved.
Your students need to see themselves in your classroom. I don’t mean add a mirror. I mean that students need to feel welcome. They need to see themselves in the texts in your classroom. The books you have in your classroom should reflect the students you have in your classroom.
Lastly, your school and you need to constantly take data. You need to be able to recognize when there is a weakness in your school. Have data points and work towards something in your school. This will make a massive difference because you will be able to identify what is working and what isn’t working.
Get the staff on board
As a teacher, I know how hard it is