10 Ways Educators Can Slowly Implement Social and Emotional Learning Programs

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives can encompass different strategies at every school or school district, and educational approaches to SEL may not look the same from classroom to classroom. As school districts across the country are integrating SEL into the curriculum, the daily educational environment for children has evolved from a primarily intellectual-based learning approach to emotional growth exercises as well.

Why We Need SEL Programs in Schools

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After decades, social and emotional learning (SEL) is finally getting the attention it deserves from parents and teachers who recognize that a child’s emotional health is as important as his physical health. Unfortunately, getting SEL programs into school has proven difficult, as school boards and directors resist adding yet another program to underfunded schools.

Tantrums Are Healthy: Encouraging Your Child to Embrace His Emotions, Positive or Negative

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There comes a time in every parent’s life when he has to handle full-blown, screaming, kicking, public tantrums for the very first time. Seeing your child in a worked-up emotional state is hard, no matter what your parenting strategy is. It’s tempting to go back on your word and tell her “yes, you can have that candy bar,” or to sternly tell him that we don’t scream in this house.

Can Schools Do Anything to Prevent Anxiety and Depression in Children?

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Depression and anxiety are significant mental health concerns for children. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than a quarter of teens (ages 13-18) suffer from anxiety disorders and almost 6 percent battle with a “severe form” of the disorder. The NIMH also reports that “in 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.”