Social emotional learning doesn’t just feel good, it changes the brain for the better and helps regulate emotions for life. Negative emotions interfere with learning. SEL shapes the brain, adds structure, guides decision making through the use of positive emotions, lowers stress hormones, improves cognition, and increases learning and memory potentials. It helps students respond in appropriate, productive, self-advocating ways no matter what situation they may find themselves in.
SEL is where my teacher makes sure we’re present, and asks us how we’re feeling. Sometimes, she even tells us stories about her own life!
Culturally Relevant Social and Emotional Learning combines the best practices of SEL with culturally relevant pedagogy, or moreso, recognizes that the two are inextricably linked. Let’s break it down. To be culturally relevant means that you’re able to relate to and have empathy and understanding for people of your own, as well as other, cultures. It means you actively do the work of engaging students to understand their deep culture, and to build trust. It is then inherent that both the student and the teacher are socially and emotionally invested. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make healthy choices.
Culturally Relevant Social and Emotional Learning fosters self agency, awareness, and management, relationship skills, voice and expression - the cornerstones of success and self esteem. More and more studies show the link between good relationships with the self and others as one of the greatest indicators of ease and success.
Lessonbee facilitates trust-building between young people and adults to create a safe and empowering environment that supports independent learning. We use designed adaptivity to create culturally relevant digital learning experiences that feature diverse characters and stories, and role play to develop decision-making skills and empathy. In our texting and social media simulations, students become a part of the conversation and learn alongside the characters. This opens the door to critical thinking, problem solving, and taking on the role of a supportive friend. Students also role play as other characters, which allows them to respond to difficult health questions without the vulnerability and exposure that comes with responding personally.
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