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2. Experiential Approach to SEL: Self-Awareness (SEL-101)

~Mini-Course Description~
This course is for educators like you who want practical methods for applying SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) concepts to themselves, their students and their curriculum in order to create the best conditions for learning and to take concrete steps to improve mental health.

You'll learn how to foster and embed SEL concepts into your own curriculum, not someone else's, so you get to keep what's yours and add in what's meaningful. In addition to CE (Continuing Education) credits, you'll walk away from this course with greater knowledge and recognition of SEL competencies in your students and yourself, a curriculum that supports SEL and you'll learn practical ways to foster these skills using interactive, experiential learning activities that can be easily adapted to any age group.

A meta-analysis of over 200,000 students has demonstrated that students participating in SEL programs showed increased academic performance, improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others and school. (Durlak et al., 2011)

~Learning Intentions~
+Participants will be knowledgeable about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills and the role they play in academic and lifelong success.
+Participants will be able to implement activities and model SEL skills to foster skill development through active learning.
+Participants will be able to modify their own syllabus to incorporate SEL skills practice into their content area (learned during the Application Course).

PD Hours: 1

  • Introduction to Self-Awareness (10 mins)
  • Welcome to the EASEL Self-Awareness Mini-Course!
  • Journal Entry: Your Initial Thoughts on Self Awareness
  • Video: Self-Awareness | Social-Emotional Learning | PBS Learning Media
  • Identifying Perspectives (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Identifying Perspectives
  • Padlet: I See Where You're Coming From
  • Mentimeter: Ask an Open-Ended Question
  • Mentimeter Results: Ask an Open-Ended Question
  • Identifying Emotions (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Identifying Emotions
  • Word Cloud: Identifying Your Emotions
  • Results: Identifying Your Emotions
  • Padlet Discussion: Building Emotional Vocabulary
  • Growth Mindset (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Growth Mindset
  • Padlet: Constructing Meaning
  • Padlet Discussion: Highway to the Growth Zone
  • Self-Assessment (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Self-Assessment
  • Padlet Discussion: Self-Assessment as a Learning Strategy
  • Activity: What Are You Made Of?
  • Journal Reflection: Self-Assessment
  • conducting an experiential activity: simply paper (15 mins)
  • Section Overview: Conducting an Experiential Activity
  • EASEL Activity Demonstration: Simply Paper
  • Debrief: Simply Paper
  • Wrap Up: Self-Awareness | Simply Paper
  • Closing
  • Journal Entry: Your Final Thoughts on Self Awareness
  • End of Mini-Course Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed