Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources
Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with your Student
We know that:[i]
- Young children with homeless experiences are more likely to have behavioral problems than housed children.
- Homelessness affects children’s health and well-being, their brain development, causes stress, and hinders readiness for school.
- Reports indicate that school-aged children of homeless families have a greater likelihood of experiencing mental disorders with impairment, such as disruptive behavior disorders, social phobia, and major depression, as compared to their low-income housed counterparts.
Because of this, building up social emotional competencies in children is just as important as building their academic knowledge. Through conversation and activity-based learning, we as tutors can be another source of SEL for our students.
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior.
Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.
Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior.
Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting social pressure, negotiating conflict, and seeking and offering help when needed.
Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about
personal behavior and social interactions.
How Can I Integrate SEL into my Sessions with my Student?
Generally, make sure that you’re building a rapport with your student that is based on mutual trust and respect. Try starting your sessions by asking them:
- What were a “high and low” of your school day?
- What was something fun you did this week?
- What was something you had to do this week that you didn’t care for?
- Also, if you notice that your student has trouble with focus, try creating an agenda with them and building in transition time so as to maintain predictability, routine, and consistency for the session.
Activity Ideas by Social Emotional Competency available HERE
- We’ve created a “Pocket Resource” with a handful of quick activities that you can use as an icebreaker or conclusion to your tutoring session.
"Promoting Respect & Empathy: A Toolkit for Educators of All Grades" This free guide is a collection of activities, tips, book recommendations, and more gathered from First Book members across the U.S. supporting kids in under-resourced communities. Get started here .
Sesame Street in Communities has assembled some really great resources and activities you can use with your student. Many are focused on dealing with trauma and adversity. Check them out here.
Understood.org for learning and attention issues: here
 http://nccp.org/publications/pub_888.html; casel.org