The University of Chicago performed a study in June of 2015. Titled Foundation for Young Adult Success, it framed exactly what we need to build within our students so they can find the happiness we all desire for them.
We need to focus our efforts in four foundational areas that adults can directly influence:
We all know the analogy that only 10% of an iceberg is above water. The part above the water is the academic performance of our students, the behavior and results that we can readily see.
In schools, these are what every educator is held accountable for – student attendance, how they’re performing on tests, how many are getting into trouble, etc.
Because this is what we measure, every teacher is going to make these outcomes the focus of their efforts.
Unfortunately, that is not the biggest part of the iceberg, where the truly significant work needs to be done.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is about focusing on the part of the iceberg that’s below the surface.
How do we define social and emotional learning (SEL)? Researchers generally agree upon five key competencies of SEL. These competencies provide the foundation for maintaining high-quality social relationships and for responding to the challenges of life.
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