iven the rising concerns about students' mental health, teachers play a crucial role in nurturing all aspects of a student's development, including social-emotional well-being. When students feel emotionally safe and valued, they are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Teachers can incorporate social-emotional learning in the classroom to help students develop essential skills and attitudes that benefit them throughout their lives.
During the 2023 Educators' Convention, the North American Division (NAD) Office of Education Launched the NAD Social Emotional Standards (SES) and provided several breakout sessions on the importance of incorporating SES into the curriculum. The standards were designed for teachers to teach social-emotional skills to help students develop resilience and essential life skills. These skills enable students to navigate challenges, setbacks, and stress effectively in and out of the classroom.
Teachers who incorporate social-emotional skills into their lessons can often manage classroom behavior more effectively. Students who are emotionally regulated and socially competent are less likely to disrupt the class and more likely to follow classroom rules.
Teaching social-emotional skills can enhance Interpersonal Relationships and help students develop skills like empathy, communication, and conflict resolution. Teachers who promote these skills in the classroom contribute to developing strong interpersonal relationships among students. Social-emotional skills can also help reduce bullying, aggression, and other negative student behaviors. Teachers can create a culture of respect, empathy, and kindness by teaching students active listening skills and how to express themselves clearly and respectfully.
Incorporating social-emotional learning into the curriculum and integrating relevant topics into lessons and subjects make it a seamless learning experience. Using the social-emotional standards will allow students to work in groups and collaborate on projects, which can help them develop teamwork and cooperation skills.
Teachers can promote social-emotional standards in the classroom by creating a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters the development of students' social and emotional skills. Here are some strategies to help teachers promote social-emotional standards:
The collaboration between the school and home is an integral part of the success of the student's social-emotional well-being. Sharing information with parents about the importance of social-emotional learning and how they can incorporate social-emotional skills at home can make the learning process more enjoyable for the student.
One final thought, teachers should continually work on their social-emotional competencies by attending workshops and trainings to enhance knowledge and skills in this area. To help your students flourish, you must take care of yourself first!
Evelyn Sullivan, M.Ed.
Director of Early Childhood Education and R.E.A.C.H.
Evelyn Sullivan is the Director of Early Childhood Education for North American Division. She spent many years teaching young children to love to learn. She has combined her passion for teaching and administration to promote the importance of early childhood education.
The New NAD Social-Emotional Standards
Incorporating social-emotional learning into the curriculum and integrating relevant topics into lessons and subjects make it a seamless learning experience.
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