Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning

I heard the phrase “social and emotional learning” (SEL) a couple of weeks ago. A friend who is a teacher was noting updates to her high school’s curriculum, and that SEL curriculum was coming forward as an important component for increased inclusion and focus.

The phrase “social and emotional learning” struck me. It somehow felt like an old (and new friend). So I took a few minutes and Googled it to learn more. A definition from CASEL:

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Hot damn — what I’ve been going towards with writing and speaking is totally in this vein, particularly with self-awareness and self-management (because you can’t really relate to or be kind to others until you can relate to and be kind to yourself). Interesting.

And on that note, a heads up that some changes are coming to Skip the Box this fall. For starters, I’m working on a new website (moving over to I’ll keep you updated!

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