This image (left) is the wheel of CASEL.org that is widely used for framework and identifies the Five Core Competencies of SEL.
What is SEL?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
5 SEL Core Competencies - Defined
1. Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
2. Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
3. Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
4. Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
5. Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.
Burnout is a widespread problem. According to the Mayo Clinic, job burnout is a type of job stress in which you might feel physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. We all might occationally experience job burnout, question our career choice, and the value of our contribution at work. However, these are the top ten occupations where burnout tends to occur at a higher rate than others.
1. Physician 6. Attorney
2. Nurse 7. Police Officer
3. Social Worker 8. Public Accounting
4. Teacher 9. Fast Food
5. School Principal 10. Retail
These are not the only professions where burnout is possible but rather a few examples of career fields where burnout seems to be fairly common. According to a USA Today article, workplace burnout is up across the board, partly due to economic conditions but largely related to work environment and the nature of the work itself. Experiencing burnout is a real struggle regardless of the occupation. There are warning signs of burnout. Working long hours causes exhaustion and a feeling of elevated stress levels that can lead to feeling unappreciated or devalued.
According to HeathGuide.com whether you recognize the warning signs of impending burnout or you’re already past the breaking point, trying to push through the exhaustion and continuing as you have been will only cause further emotional and physical damage (Oct. 2019). Instead, pause and change direction by learning how you can help yourself overcome burnout and feel healthy and positive again.
Dealing with burnout requires
Burnout is an undeniable sign that something important in your life is not working. Take time to think about your hopes, goals, and dreams. Are you neglecting something that is truly important to you? This can be an opportunity to rediscover what really makes you happy and to slow down and give yourself time to rest, reflect, and heal.
For more information about burnout and social and emotional skills - Click on the links below.
Educators work hard to bring their best selves to the classroom ever day while juggling individual student needs, set ambitious goals, and often work long hours. Many teachers face escalating job demands with few resources and, at times, work with students who face complex trauma, behavioral difficulties, and learning challenges. These stressors combine to make teaching one of the most stressful occupations in the U.S. (Gallup, 2014).
Studies found these stressors affect teachers’ health and well-being, job satisfaction, turnover, and even student outcomes (Greenberg, Brown, & Abenavoli, 2016). For this reason, experts say, it’s essential that educators take time to prevent burnout, promote health, and protect themselves from the negative effects of stress. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AlaQuest Collaborative for Education, (ACE), has a team of volunteers who work closely with classroom teachers. We see how hard you work to empower students everyday. As a reminder, we want you to practice self-care to re-energize youself. Use the links below to assess your current self-care, then use the mindful resources to create a plan you can follow. You are important. We appreciate you. Take care.
While leaders discuss the timing and phases of ending the quarantine shutdown, Americans are impatiently waiting to be released from their homes and get on with their lives. However,
psychological experts are warning that if this is done too quickly, a societal grief could be
triggered. They believe we have all experienced loss and we must allow ourselves time to
grieve. We have indeed lost our freedom and our normal way of living, but many people
have lost loved ones, and millions have lost their jobs because of COVID-19.
As parents, guardians, and educators we must remember children follow our lead. Therefore, we are pleased to share emotional and social learning resources to support you and the children within your care.
Parents, guardians, educators: We all know that we have big emotions sometimes, and the same is also true for children. We may not see it come out in the way we understand emotions, but they are also experiencing emotions just like us, especially during this time. They may be feeling alone, scared, angry, sad, or worried just like adults are right now.
How can we help? Here are a few resources to understand and help kids manage their emotions during this time.
Three Ways to Know If Your Kid is Dealing with Loneliness
Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to COVID-19
Supporting kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
Supporting Social and Emotional Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
How to Tend to Kids' Emotional Health in the Age of Coronavirus
The best thing you can do for yourself is to take your mental health seriously. Social distancing, isolation, disruption from routine, and stress can create a tornado of negative feelings. The resources below are for different kinds of people (parents, LGBTQ, people in recovery, etc.) who are feeling the effects of this pandemic. Sign up here to keep up with more resources we send out weekly.
In The Rooms - Free Online Recovery Tool - for those recovering from addiction and related issues
How to Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Your Kids
Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ-Accepting Environment
SEL Video Resources for Home - Free Sign Up
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
Take Care and Stay Safe!
Educators- we know that most of you have already began to start your virtual or remote classrooms from your own homes. You are truly heroes (all the time, and especially now) so we want to provide you with resources and tips to be able to implement SEL into your virtual classroom time.
The Imagine Neighborhood: Emotional Intelligence Podcast
Second Step: COVID-19 Support
Resources to Support Learning During COVID-19 - Includes virtual field trips, by subject resources, and more
Social-Emotional Support in the New World of Distance Learning
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You may be working from home during this time of social isolation and distancing. Finding a balance and routine may be difficult, especially if you have kids at home. The most important thing to remember when working from home is that it's normal to feel distracted at first. Our homes are fit for us to live in, not necessarily work from, so it's important to find those distractions and manage them as best as you can. If you are an educator teaching from home, the last link takes you to a page with lots of resources for online and offline educational resources for K-12 students.
Here are some resources that you may find helpful:
23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely
8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You
How to Work From Home With Kids
Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now
Thank you for reading! We hope you are safe & healthy.
If you're reading this, and you're a parent or you know a parent, these resources are for you. During this time of isolation, you and your kids may be having a rough time trying to adjust to a new daily schedule. It's important to have resources so that your kids can still learn and practice social and emotional skills.
Below are links to resources for activities, educational resources, tips, and worksheets.
Social-Emotional Activities for Children
Growth Mindset Printables for Children - Big Life Journal
Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites
Tips and Tricks for Days Indoors - COVID-19
Educational Resource Links PDF
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Our team at ACE wants to share resources during this difficult time. You and your loved ones may be experiencing anxiety or stress, and that's a normal reaction to social isolation and big changes such as finances, temporarily losing your job, or being home from school.
The first thing to remember is that there are many resources in your community that can help you get through this period. If you have temporarily lost your job in Birmingham, Alabama, you can apply on BhamStrong.com to apply for temporary jobs in the community. Food banks are still open during the statewide emergencies.
The second thing to remember is to breathe. Breathing calms our brain and is especially needed during this time when our minds our racing about what will happen next. Below are Mindfulness resources for you, your children, or your students.
Free Online Mindfulness Classes for Kids
Meditation Tips to Help Combat COVID-19 Anxiety
Mindfulness Practices and Videos for Educators
The last thing to remember is to take your mental health seriously. Take care of not just your physical self, but also your mental self. Reducing stress can also reduce your chances of getting sick. The body under stress can have a lower immune response. Taking care of your stress can better your immune system. Below are some articles that can help you with stress management.
Take Care of Anxiety
CDC Manage Stress and Anxiety
10 Apps to Help You Deal with Stress and Anxiety
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