Date
21 July 2019

​Understand social and emotional learning (SEL)

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting and strengthening peer relationships’

SEL Framework

SEL Framework

Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviours so they can deal effectively with daily tasks and challenges.

Integrate SEL into the classroom

Integrate SEL into the classroom

SEL is most effective when it is part of daily classroom life.

Support social and emotional development

Support social and emotional development

Use SAFE approaches to support the social and emotional development of students.
  • Use modeling and coaching to  help students recognise how they feel or how someone else might be feeling.
  • Teach students to use conflict-resolution skills and use dialogue to them through the steps to help them apply a skill in a new situation.
  • Practice group decision making and setting classroom rules in class meetings.
  • Teach cooperative skills and plan to practice these through participation in team sports and games.
  • Support the development of problem solving skills by analysing an event (this can be in any curriculum area) through a set of questions based on a problem-solving model.
  • Take a tuakana-teina approach, in which a younger student is paired with an older one to teach, to build self-confidence, a sense of belonging, and enhance academic skills.
  • Teach reflective listening with students working with a partner to describe a situation and having the partner repeat what he or she heard.

Source: CASEL | Approaches (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

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What is SEL?

Publisher: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional

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Big ideas | Social and emotional learning

Publisher: Class Twist

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Teaching the whole child Instructional practices that support social emotional learning in three teacher evaluation frameworks

Teaching the whole child: Instructional practices that support social-emotional learning in three teacher evaluation frameworks

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Publisher: American Institutes for Research

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