SEL in the Classroom

SEL in the Classroom

SEL in the Classroom
Social and Emotional Learning is a key focus area for Minneapolis Public Schools. Studies show that students who are exposed to SEL demonstrate improved social behaviors and social skills, increased educational achievement, and graduate with skills that are highly valued by employers. Schools that commit to supporting and promoting students' social and emotional growth create safe, equitable and engaging environments that promote success for students from all backgrounds. 

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Social and Emotional Learning starts with adults. Teachers can help create safe learning environments by modeling the five core SEL skills for their students. Adults are role models for students and establish behavioral norms that students emulate throughout the day. By working intentionally to create safe learning environments, teachers and school staff can encourage social and emotional growth among students.  
 
Social and Emotional Learning in the classroom expresses itself in many forms, from explicit instruction integrated within the academic curriculum, how teachers build relations with students, and how conflict and discipline are addressed. 

Creating a Safe and Supportive School Climate

School climate includes the cultural norms, expectations, practices and organizational character of schools and how these factors impact student's intellectual and social-emotional development. School climates develop as the sum of all interactions between students, faculty and staff, and influences all members of the school community both directly and indirectly. 
 
Cultural awareness, high expectations, engagement and supportive relationships all help to build a positive school climate. By modeling positive social and emotional behavior, adults can help build a positive school climate that benefits all students and helps them succeed. 

Whole Child, Whole Day, Whole School

Social and Emotional Learning is a holistic approach designed to promote the social and emotional learning skills students need to be successful in college and their career. Teachers and staff play a key role modeling positive behaviors including self-monitoring and regulating behavior, collaborating with others and making responsible decisions. The ultimate goal of teaching the whole child is to empower students with the skills they need to live and contribute in a productive way to society. 

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