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6. Experiential Approach to SEL: Responsible Decision-Making (SEL-105)

~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 Responsible Decision-Making (10 mins)
  • Welcome to the EASEL Responsible Decision Making Course
  • Journal Entry: Your Initial Thoughts on Responsible Decision Making
  • Responsible Decision Making | Social-Emotional Learning | PBS Learning Media
  • Risk Taking (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Risk Taking
  • Role-Playing Game: STOP DISASTERS!
  • Padlet Discussion: Risky Business
  • Problem Solving (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Problem Solving
  • Mentimeter: Who You Gonna Call?
  • Journaling: Social Problem Solving
  • teamwork (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Teamwork
  • Padlet: Teamwork Museum
  • Flipgrid: Social-Emotional Skills & Teamwork
  • reflection and feedback (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Reflection and Feedback
  • Activity: Write a Letter to Your Future Self
  • Journal Entry: Drawing Connections
  • experiential learning activity (10 mins)
  • Section Overview: Experiential Learning Activity
  • EASEL Activity Demonstration: Steal the Bacon
  • Debrief: Steal the Bacon
  • Wrap Up: Responsible Decision-Making
  • closing
  • Journal Entry: Your Final Thoughts on Responsible Decision Making
  • End of Mini-Course Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed