Teachers, staff, student service providers and administration are all important components in making SEL work effectively in schools that adopt SEL. In harmony, they work as a team and ideally turn out students that are thoughtful, compassionate problem-solvers.
In their everyday teaching of subject matter, teachers have the most impact on students. Embedding SEL in different subject matter is challenging and exciting.
It is significant that teachers are feeling that they have a thankless job, filled with requirements that they do not have the time to meet. SEL, effectively taught, helps to reduce this tension. SEL acts as a benefit for teachers (see below).
Cleveland, which for two years has had an SEL program from K-5, did a survey of teachers at the end of last school year and 86 percent of them said that classroom behavior and overall environment improved as a result of the program. Metropolitan School Article
At the start of the year, Maurice Elias, director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University, says, the “most important consideration is to create positive feelings and optimism about school. This has many practical implications for both educators and parents.” He then gives seven ways to do this which you can find at this link: Dr. Elias’ Article. Dr. Elias presented at the 4th Annual SEL4MA Conference on May 27, 2015 in a breakout session.
The Benefits of a SEL Classroom:
- More personal safety in the schools
- More caring relationships between students and teachers
- More harmonious classroom
- More trust between student and teacher
- Better environment for learning
- Less truancy
- Less aggression
- Fewer disruptions in class
- More interest in learning
- More commitment to the school
- Better academic achievement