Create Safe, Connected Classrooms with Social-Emotional Learning
In today’s world of disrupted routines and new classroom models, connecting on a personal level is more important than ever. Social-emotional learning (SEL) can make a meaningful difference for your students.
Relationships and community are at the heart of SEL, rather than subject matter. When I taught sixth grade math, I first made sure my students knew their classmates and I cared about and understood them. Once those relationships were built, and my students trusted they were safe, the rest followed — including their math knowledge.
Students need to know that their classmates and teacher care about them in order to be successful in the classroom. Once relationships are built and students trust that they are safe, the rest will follow.
SEL can take many forms, but keeping it non-academic, offering insights into each other’s worlds, and allowing everyone’s voice to be shared (in whatever way is comfortable) are all great places to start. Here are a few other things you might want to try: