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5. Experiential Approach to SEL: Relationship Skills (SEL-104)

~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 Relationship Skills (10 mins)
  • Welcome to the EASEL Relationship Skills Mini-Course
  • Journal Entry: Your Initial Thoughts on Relationship Skills
  • Video: Relationship Skills | Social-Emotional Learning | PBS Learning Media
  • Communication skills (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Communication Skills
  • Check for Understanding: Test Your Communication IQ
  • Padlet Discussion: Tell Me All About It
  • collaboration and cooperation (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Collaborative Activity: Music Makers
  • Journaling: The Benefits of Collaborative Learning
  • conflict resolution (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Conflict Resolution
  • Self Survey: We Gotta Problem
  • Padlet Discussion: We Gotta Solution
  • Offering and seeking help (10 Mins)
  • Section Overview: Offering and Seeking Help
  • HELP!
  • Results: HELP!
  • conducting an experiential activity (15 mins)
  • Section Overview: Conducting an Experiential Activity
  • EASEL Activity Demonstration: Xerox
  • Debrief: Xerox
  • Wrap Up: Relationship Skills
  • closing thoughts
  • Journal Entry: Your Final Thoughts on Relationship Skills
  • End of Mini-Course Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed