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Social-emotional learning (SEL) is defined as “the process through which individuals acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, show empathy, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Self-awareness refers to the ability to be conscious of one’s inner life, including feelings, thoughts, behaviors, values, preferences, objectives, strengths, problems, attitudes, and mindsets, and how these aspects influence behavior and decisions in various circumstances.
Abilities that foster self-awareness include:
Self-management involves guiding and adjusting one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to make choices and achieve goals that benefit oneself and others.
Self-management abilities include:
Self-awareness and self-management are interconnected. To be able to pause and calm down when agitated, for instance (self-management), one needs to be able to identify and categorize their emotions as well as be aware of how those feelings may be influencing their behavior choices.
Why are they Important?
Research shows that students with excellent social and emotional skills outperform their peers academically, have closer bonds with teachers and peers, feel overall well-being, and exhibit less risky behavior. These skills also contribute to positive outcomes in terms of education, employment, and mental health in adulthood.
Components of self-awareness and self-management have specific impacts:
Overall, fostering social and emotional intelligence in students improves well-being and social skills, reduces biases, and promotes prosocial behavior.