Tips for Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into Everyday Instruction
Our applied learning sciences team is passionate about social and emotional learning — and about education research. To better understand emerging trends and established best practices in social and emotional instruction, they created a guide called Building Social and Emotional Learning Into the School Day: Seven Guiding Principles.
Originally the 5 Guiding Principles of Social and Emotional Learning, this guide is an evolving document that the team continues to update as new research on SEL emerges. The guide focuses specifically on strategies teachers can use to integrate social and emotional learning into academic instruction across PreK-12 classrooms with a consideration of culturally responsive practices.
The McGraw-Hill 7 Guiding Principles of SEL are as follows:
Create: Consciously create a nurturing, caring, and safe environment for students.
Integrate: Whenever possible, integrate SEL skill-building into academic instruction.
Instruct: Provide explicit guidance and instruction in SEL skills.
Reflect: Reflect on how social and cultural contexts are embedded into SEL.
Respect: Foster respect for one’s self and others.
Communicate: Exchange ideas about SEL with all stakeholders, early and often.
Empower: Enable students to take charge of their own social and emotional learning.
We encourage you to read the full principles document to review the research and to find narrative examples of how these principles might be employed in the classroom in interactions between students and teachers.
You can also share the principles with this simple infographic:
The applied learning sciences team wanted to make a tool that reminds teachers of the importance of SEL every day in the classroom while helping students to take charge of their own SEL skill development. So, we translated the guiding principles of SEL into a poster with reminders about behavior suitable for K-12 learners. Download and print the poster here:
Or, watch the video!
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