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SEL Spotlight: Responsible Decision-Making

sel basics Jun 20, 2020

SEL Spotlight Series

Welcome back to our Friday Feature series! 

Today, we're going to finish up our SEL Spotlight Series by taking a deeper dive into Responsible Decision-Making, one of the five competencies of social-emotional learning. If you missed any part of this series, it's never too late to go back and check out the posts on the other four competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills). Let's get to it!

Responsible Decision-Making

Responsible decision-making is a skill made up of a lot of skills. Having a solid foundation in the other four competencies lays the groundwork for this skill, which is the ability to make real-time respectful choices given the understanding of ethics, safety, and social norms. In other words, this suite of skills allows us to make choices about our behavior when taking into account social norms and when also using our moral compass. 

As you can see, responsible decision-making is complex....

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SEL Spotlight: Relationship Skills

sel basics social skills Jun 12, 2020

SEL Spotlight Series

Welcome back to our Friday Feature where we're going to continue our SEL Spotlight series. Today, we get into Relationship Skills, one of the five competencies that make up Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We've already covered Self-Awareness, Self-Management, and Social Awareness, so head back to those posts if you want to learn more about these competencies or want a little refresher. 

Relationship Skills

If there was ever a time where our society needed strong relationship skills, this is it. As defined by CASEL, relationship skills include the "ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups." 

Most people inherently get and understand what it means to be in a meaningful relationship. Whether it's with a BFF, a partner, or your children, most people want their relationships to be healthy, rewarding, and long-lasting. 

Just like anything worthwhile, making and...

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SEL Spotlight: Social Awareness

sel basics social skills May 29, 2020

SEL Spotlight Series

For today's Friday Feature, we're gonna continue our SEL Spotlight series. This series is meant to level-up your knowledge of what Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is and stand behind SEL as the key driver to living a wonderfully balanced and successful life. If you missed any posts in this series, you can still read about self-awareness and self-management, two of the five competencies that make up SEL. 

Social Awareness

As opposed to self-awareness, which is one's ability to focus and reflect on oneself, social awareness is the ability to see others by taking another person's perspective. The ability to take another's perspective is incredibly powerful as it allows for empathy, building meaningful relationships, communicating effectively, and guiding us to behave appropriately across different environments and situations. Having strong social awareness helps us to respect others and...

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SEL Spotlight: Self-Management

Welcome back to our SEL spotlight series! It's our Friday Feature, where we're going to feature something cool on you guessed it, Fridays! 

If you've missed the first 2 posts in this series where we define what SEL and self-awareness are, we encourage you to go back and take a quick peek. 

The purpose of this is series is to create a strong foundation of understanding. We're banking on the fact that the more you know about SEL, the more engaged you'll be in strengthening your and/or your child's social-emotional skills. While we know that knowing and doing are very different things, knowing is half the battle (here's lookin' at you, Gen X'ers). 

Self-Management

Hopefully, you remember that SEL is comprised of 5 five core competencies (no big deal if you didn't...that's what we're here for). Today, we'll be exploring one of the five core competencies, self-management. 

Self-management vibes off of self-awareness and can take things into...

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SEL Spotlight: Self-Awareness

sel basics Apr 15, 2020

Welcome back to our SEL spotlight series!

We started this series by defining what SEL is. If you missed it, check it out here (we promise it's a quick read). Today, we're going to take a deeper dive into one of the five domains of social-emotional learning, self-awareness.  

What is Self-Awareness?

Self-awareness is the ability to see and understand ourselves. With self-awareness, you can answer questions about what you believe, how you feel, and how you behave because you can recognize your own emotions and thoughts. With guidance and attention, you can even connect the dots between your emotions and how they influence your behavior. 

So what?

Being able to focus our attention on our inner selves is a critical skill. Our ability to self-reflect lays the groundwork for the way we evaluate our behavior and make decisions. When we cultivate this skill (read, needs conscious effort and practice), we have the potential for more self-control, better...

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Happy International SEL Day!!!!

sel basics Mar 27, 2020

Happy SELabration!

For the first time ever, there is a day where the world will celebrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and today is the day (#SELday)! This organization is mobilizing a movement to raise SEL awareness, to get people and organizations involved in promoting SEL, and to highlight tangible examples of SEL IRL. Why? Because SEL has the power to change the world. 

The deets

SEL is seriously da bomb. Humans with these skills have the power to outmatch any AI device. With the ability to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel empathy for others, make and keep meaningful relationships, and make ethical and responsible decisions, people have the potential to be the most dynamic and compassionate problem solvers on the planet. For the past 25 years, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has been scientifically demonstrating the positive impact of SEL development on kids...

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