Self-Management: Applying Social and Emotional Learning in Your Classroom
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Applying Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Your Classroom: SEL and Self-Management

More and more, educators are finding that successful academic performance is often a reflection of positive social behaviors and peer interactions in the classroom. By incorporating the tenets of social and emotional learning (SEL) into lesson planning and classroom management, educators can reduce behavioral problems and emotional distress and, in effect, raise grades and test scores. But what are some effective ways to incorporate SEL into classroom instruction?

In this second installment of our five-part series on the SEL competencies, we’re discussing how you can incorporate SEL and self-management into your classroom.

SEL and Self-Management in Your Classroom

Students have many demands on their time and attention. From the variety of entertainment that can distract from academics to the demands of family and work life, students need techniques to manage their priorities and time more than ever.

The traditional means of keeping an organizer, writing down obligations, and keeping checklists still have a role to play in managing students’ time, but technology offers a way to reach into their world. Setting up a classroom Twitter feed, for instance, allows you to send out alerts to students’ phones to remind them about homework and gives you a means to prompt them from a place that usually only distracts.

There are a host of apps that students can use to organize their day. These apps will remind them of important due dates, deadlines, and commitments, and can also remind them of upcoming assignments and responsibilities. Depending on the format of your course, you can also use learning management platforms to collaborate with your students in organizing their time as effectively as possible.

Interested in learning more? Be sure to check out our post on SEL and self-awareness.


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Debbie Malone

Debbie is an Arizona native and longtime resident of the Phoenix area. She has always had a passion for telling a good story and decided to study journalism and mass communication at Arizona State University where she earned her BA in 2009. Following graduation, she spent four years working as a web content writer before joining the Edgenuity family in 2014. Debbie is proud to be able to share the story of her time at Edgenuity and the company's efforts to propel students everywhere toward academic success and achievement. In addition to writing (both professionally and for fun), Debbie also enjoys reading, gaming, archery, and avoiding sunlight.