Social Emotional Learning is defined as having the ability to effectively communicate, resolve conflicts and disagreements, interact with others and control emotional responses. The development of a child’s SEL skills, their self-awareness, self-control and their inter-personal skills affects their ability to succeed in all areas of life.
The theory of social and emotional learning (SEL) is not a new concept, in fact, it stems from ancient Greece. Plato recognized the importance of teaching children a ‘holistic curriculum’, meaning balancing academic growth in math and science with development in character and moral judgement. Plato explained that “By maintaining a sound system of education and upbringing, you produce citizens of good character”.
Social emotional learning (SEL) is a hot topic on the minds of individuals operating in the education field. SEL refers to the development of a child’s self-awareness, self-control and their inter-personal skills, which affect their ability to succeed in all areas of life. Implementing programs to increase a child’s social and emotional learning in the early stages of childhood development, results in an increased success rate later in life, and also raises the likelihood that the child will carry this learning through to all aspects of their life. Individuals with solid social and emotional skills are far better equipped to handle challenges accompanying everyday situations, leading to higher achievement rates both academically and professionally while also encouraging more maintainable and beneficial social relationships with peers.