by Meg Overman, Senior Editor
A recent nationwide focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom hit a roadblock with pandemic-related shutdowns—because many students aren’t in the classroom. On the surface, SEL seems almost to rely on in-person learning. Parsing emotions requires nuanced observation, which can be difficult to achieve in the virtual world. But, as a recent article from EdWeek.org points out, SEL learning is critical (may require subscriber login to access), especially in these high-anxiety times.
In this article, EdWeek explores simple techniques teachers can use to keep SEL learning at the forefront during distance learning. It points out the importance of cultivating positive self-talk and highlights unique opportunities to use the pandemic as an avenue for students to observe and learn.
At Westchester Education Services, we are working diligently to provide educational publishers with the materials they need to facilitate strong virtual SEL instruction this year and in years to come. Read more about Social-Emotional Learning or schedule a call to learn more about how we can help you create responsive SEL programs.