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Social Emotional Learning Teaching Resources

Are you on the hunt for social-emotional learning activities to bring SEL to life in your elementary classroom this school year? The list of academic benefits of SEL instruction is a mile long, and the Teach Starter teacher team has created a robust collection of social and emotional learning resources made with teachers – and students — in mind. We've made planning your social emotional learning lessons simple with printable SEL worksheets and digital social and emotional activities that have undergone rigorous review by the expert teachers on our team to make sure you'll be comfortable passing them out in the classroom or sending the home in a student's backpack.

What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

Pardon us if we're sharing something you already know (feel free to skip right to the social emotional learning activities!), but if you're new to incorporating SEL into your classroom, you may need a quick refresher! The most common social-emotional learning — or social and emotional learning — definition describes SEL as "the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions." It's a bit of a mouthful, but essentially social and emotional learning covers five core competencies:
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

Why Is Social-Emotional Learning Important?

Not sure you have time to fit all of this in alongside the state standards that you're preparing students to meet? The importance of SEL is hard to ovrestate. Social and emotional learning activities are important for setting your students up for success in the classroom and in the long term. A solid social and emotional learning curriculum will help students with everything from managing emotions and developing coping skills to setting positive goals, engaging in positive relationships, and solving problems effectively. These educational resources will help you in teaching social-emotional skills throughout the school year.

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