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 that educators can incorporate SEL?
In this second installment of our five-part series on the SEL competencies, we’re going to take a look at how you can incorporate self-management into your classroom.
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 when and can remind them of assignments that they enter as well. Depending on the format of your course, you can use platforms like Edmodo to collaborate with your students in organizing their time as effectively as possible.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. (n.d.). Core SEL competencies. CASEL. Retrieved from https://casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning-and-positive-behavioral-interventions-and-supports/
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