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Back to School with Social-Emotional Learning

Back to School with Social-Emotional Learning

Back-to-school season is always a little exciting and a little stressful. This school year is no different, and the challenges of learning are compounded by a bouquet of dynamic, external factors. That's education for you. Every student is different, and every student's home life is different. You can't control what goes on outside the classroom, but you can control your understanding of the whole student and the way you prepare yourself and your classroom community to support all needs.

Some students only need a little support, and some need much more. Luckily, social-emotional learning (SEL) can help everyone. SEL skills have been linked to increased academic performance, and they are also useful outside of school.

Let’s take a look at some resources to help you get back to school with SEL in mind:

5 Strategies to Help Boost Your Students’ Self-Esteem and Confidence in the Classroom

This blog post outlines some approaches to positively affect students and increase confidence. Through utilizing differentiated learning, fostering a sense of ownership, and creating realistic expectations, students can discover their hidden strengths in the classroom.

How to Get Started with Trauma-Informed Teaching: 6 Resources for Educators

This blog post has resources for identifying traumatic experiences, tips for parents and caregivers, and information on the impact trauma can have on students. We know it is important to support students who have experienced trauma—let’s learn more about professions dedicated specifically to this work, including counselors, therapists, social workers, and psychiatrists. Then, we can get started with trauma-informed teaching.

Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue: How to Support Yourself and Students

This previously recorded webinar shows how to balance the adverse impact of stress and trauma so that you can teach in ways in which students can learn. Learn how to support yourself and your students so that your school community can thrive.

Importance of Developmental Relationships in Our Schools: What Research Is Telling Us

With the disruptions of the pandemic, it’s important to restore and deepen relationships. How can you make connections with students to propel learning, motivation, and academic achievement? This blog post outlines five core elements for educators to use to reach students and help them grow.

Social-Emotional Learning in Action: All or Nothing Thinking

This previously recorded webinar is a demonstration of the BASE Education course titled “All or Nothing Thinking.” Watch to learn how to identify absolute language and black-and-white perspectives, and then, you can discover some strategies for changing and calming your mind to view the world through a more nuanced lens.

6 Strategies to Incorporate Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom

What does SEL look like in school? One of the most important things to remember when incorporating SEL into your classroom curriculum is that children mature and develop uniquely. Teaching with an SEL lens focuses instruction on providing students with ways to deal with their emotions, manage relationships, and effectively work independently and with others.

It's Elementary: Easy SEL Implementation for Grades 1–5

In this blog post, we cover a quick-start SEL implementation for grades 1–5, look at an example of SEL integrating into academic content for 1st grade, and talk about easily adding SEL objectives in lesson planning.

SEL-Integrated Sample Lesson Plans

Looking for more ways to work SEL content and lessons into core subjects? The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has downloadable resources for incorporating SEL practices for the grade spans of K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12.

Five Read-Aloud Books to Support Social-Emotional Learning

Teachers can kick-start children’s social-emotional learning. Introduce SEL concepts through simple, daily activities you may already have incorporated into your virtual or in-person instructional time—like classroom read-alouds. This blog post has five great reads that cover five key components of an SEL framework.

One word that can be your mantra in SEL education is "forgiveness." For you and your students, adapting to conditions means being forgiving. Similarly, learning is the process of adapting to, retaining, and applying new information. By being forgiving, we can teach with compassion and maintain readiness for spontaneous developments in and out of the classroom.

Looking for more resources on how SEL can build student success? We have over 100 social-emotional learning posts on our blog!'s picture
Adam Burke

Adam Burke is a Marketing Specialist at Edmentum. He previously worked in marketing at ACT and as an education reporter in eastern Iowa. Before that, he was also a classroom teacher at every level from K to college. Adam has a BA from Macalester College and an MFA from the University of Iowa.