SEL Skills Search
Brian Winter, M.Ed.
Naming feelings is a simple, yet powerful, mind-hack that can relieve stress and leave you feeling better quickly (not to mention dramatically improving your interaction with others). The process of naming feelings is actually quite easy, (click here to learn why it works) but having the awareness to name your feelings is the challenge. That’s…
Mindfullness is a simple, yet powerful way to reset your brain. So, what is mindfulness exactly? Think about a time you’ve been working on a computer. Have you ever reached a point where the computer seemed to be lagging, moving slowly, or simply not working properly? You might find that rebooting the computer makes a…
The Top 10 skills identified by the World Economic Forum all involve social and emotional competence. And research shows that social and emotional skills and attitudes also contribute to the other skills such as critical thinking. To read the full report, click here.
Students who completed social-emotional learning interventions fared better than their peers who didn’t participate on a variety of indicators—including academic performance, social skills, and avoiding negative behaviors like drug use, finds the analysis, which examined follow-up data from dozens of published studies on specific interventions. To read the report, click here.
SEL interventions increased students’ academic performance by 11 percentile points, compared to students who did not participate in such SEL programs. Students participating in SEL programs also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school. To read the meta-analysis of 213 studies involving…
The average return on investment for six evidence-based programs is 11 to 1, meaning for every dollar invested there is an $11 return. Read the 2015 review from Columbia University.
More than two decades of research demonstrates that education promoting social and emotional learning (SEL) gets results. The findings come from multiple fields and sources, including student achievement, neuroscience, health, employment, psychology, classroom management, learning theory, economics, and the prevention of youth problem behaviors.
Naming feelings is tricky! There are hundreds of feelings and every minute of the day you can be feeling a variety of them. Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint what you’re feeling. Take your average “bad day,” for example. Nearly everyone has experienced a “bad day”. Some days, you are just in a bad mood. Maybe…
Are you smart? You just started judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.” Or, “no.” Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time. Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly. But Laura will…
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