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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning

SEL Framework

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.

In MBUSD, our Social & Emotional Learning Visual Framework serves to remind us of the skills we want to help develop in our students and how our partnerships, policies, practices, and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) promote a Culture of Care.

As a community, we are highlighting each of the five skills--one a month:

I set and achieve positive goals. - January

I feel and show empathy for others. - February

I understand and manage my emotions. - March

I establish and maintain positive relationships. - April

I make responsible decisions. - May

According to the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), all of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.

Below are some activities and ideas for you related to each of the 

JANUARY - I set and achieve positive goals.
Activities / Ideas for Home and School 
Table Top Conversation Starters:
  • What is a health goal you have for yourself in 2020?
  • What would I do if I knew I wouldn’t fail?
  • What are some short-term goals I can set for myself for the week and month?
  • How much are the goals I have for myself influenced by my peers?
  • How much are the goals that I have for myself influenced by my parents?
  • Why are setting goals important?
Goal setting video
vision boards
Watch a video about setting goals. Get ideas for making a vision board in class or at home!
 
February - I feel and show empathy for others.
Activities / Ideas for Home and School 
Table Top Scenarios for Promoting Empathy
  • A student at her desk seems sad and withdrawn and you don't know why. Think of an empathetic question to ask her. (i.e., "You don't seem yourself today. Would you like to chat? Or do you need a break?"
  • Your brother is upset for losing screen time privileges after making a bad choice. Think of empathetic words to share with him. (i.e., "I'm sorry you lost screen time. Do you want to go downtown and get an ice cream?")
 
     
March - I understand and manage my emotions. 
     
     
     
April - I establish and maintain positive relationships.
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May - I make responsible decisions.
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What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
 
For more information from the CDE, please click here.
For more information about SEL and CASEL, please click here.

 

CASEL’s Widely Used Framework Identifies Five Core Competencies

  • Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
  • Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.
  • Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
  • Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.