What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social Emotional Learning and school culture and climate are directly related. But how can we work smart and not hard to improve both? One of the biggest trends in education today is Social and Emotional Learning. These concepts were labeled as character education in the past. It may have been part of the D.A.R.E. program. Over time we have seen the need to not just discuss character traits and ways to be a good citizen. It is needed to teach children to manage their emotions, build relationships, and work cooperatively. This is accomplished through direct Social Emotional Learning (SEL).
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) states that school culture and climate “promote students’ ability to learn”. Teachers plan lessons to teach standards that are developed by their state education department. But without an environment conducive to learning, students will not reach the depth of knowledge that their teachers expect.
FUNecole® is an invaluable tool that teachers use to provide direct SEL instruction by incorporating it in daily lessons in multiple subjects. It is a project-based interdisciplinary program, that incorporates components of STREAMS (Science, Technology, Reading/Writing, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Social sciences), Digital Literacy, Computer Science / Coding, 21st Century Skills, and Social Emotional Learning. As a teaching tool, FUNecole® allows the teacher to plan lessons that teach the standards that are required by their state along with positive Social Emotional Lessons.
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