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What is Social and Emotional Learning and Why Does it Matter?

February 03, 20234 min read

Social and emotional learning (SEL) might feel like the new buzzword in education and child rearing but it’s not really that new. The formal beginnings of the SEL movement are seen in the 1990s but the content was in some fortunate schools and classrooms well before (anyone remember Free To Be You And Me in 1972?) How many other caring, empathetic educators were out there in the history of US education who understood the power and importance of teaching social and emotional skills as well as academics while their students were still forming the basic beliefs about the world, others and themselves? It’s elemental to being a good human - learning to show up in the world as a helper, a friend, a partner and as your authentic self.

AND SEL skills allow a child to better access the academic skills as well. It’s difficult to really dig into your studies when you feel emotionally drained, bullied, overwhelmed - fill in the blank - and you don’t understand why or how to manage these emotions and sensations. SEL can help with this, teaching kids to better understand what they are experiencing and how to respond from a place of self-management, conscious choice and empowerment so they can continue to show up, learn, help others and be a force for positive change in their classroom, family and world. Yes please. 

SEL enriches educational success, reduces behavioral problems, and increase mental health. It helps students develop skills such as empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation. 

Teacher and parents co-parenting through Social emotional intelligence

Another thing about SEL - it’s for everyone - kids, teachers, parents, grandparents, leaders and regular humans everywhere! For teachers, developing your social and emotional skills is a great way to create a supportive learning environment. You can use your own experiences to better understand and relate to students where they are. For parents, connect with your children on a deeper level, lovingly guiding and supporting them without trying to domesticate them or mold them into your idea or society’s idea of success but rather help them find their own way, passions and purpose, developing the social emotional skills along the way to support their journey - their journey! We have much to teach and learn from each other when we show up with creativity, curiosity and empathy and the world needs more of this! 

The collaboration between parents and educators is essential for successful SEL implementation. Parents have valuable insights into their child's social and emotional development, which can help to support the SEL class at home.

SEL is not only helpful for students; the participation of the entire community plays a big role. This partnership will better equip students to navigate the complex and interconnected world we live in, promoting a more inclusive and equitable society.

An empowered mindset and emotional intelligence.

A positive and supportive learning environment is possible when teachers possess a high level of emotional intelligence, enabling them to identify and understand their students' feelings. Teachers can respond in a way that supports their growth and development, thus promoting the well-being of students.

 “ As educators, we have an opportunity and I would argue a responsibility to help them heal their trauma by making peace with it, sharing their experiences, and transforming it into growth opportunities ” 

-Dr. Sonia Toledo| Dignity of Children in her DYCD keynote speech  

An empowered mindset encourages students to take control and be accountable for their learning and emotional well-being. This can foster a mutually supportive educational environment, where students feel safe to express themselves and share their feelings.

Both are important in promoting the development of social and emotional skills, such as empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation. Teachers who can integrate these skills into their teaching practice can create a classroom culture that supports the overall well-being of their students and equips them for success in the real world.

Self-reflection and self-improvement.

Engaging in self-reflection and self-enhancement can be beneficial in terms of personal growth. It helps us recognize our strengths, as well as any areas that need improvement. Taking the time to reflect can also give us insight into our motivations, helping us become better versions of ourselves.

self-awareness and self-improvement

Reflecting on your thoughts, feelings, and actions can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, which can have a great impact on your students. In turn, this allows teachers to make any necessary adjustments to their teaching style and approach. There are many ways and tools that can be used for self-reflection and self-improvement, such as journaling, doodling, and attending personal development  workshops.

Cour Experience, in partnership with Dignity of Children, is hosting its first workshop this month as part of its Fill Your Cup series. This Love and connection workshop will cover topics such as understanding the connection between thoughts and actions. You will also learn how to overcome limiting beliefs and negative self-talk, as well as how to develop a mindset of success and empowerment.

Register for this free workshop and let us start with ourselves to help and advocate for our youth. 

Emotional regulationCompassionCommunication skillsEmpathyPositive attitudeSelf-careConfidence buildingStress managementSocial emotional learning for childrenBuilding an empowered mindset in adulthoodDeveloping emotional intelligence through self-reflectionThe importance of self-reflection for personal growthEnhancing emotional intelligence in the workplaceThe benefits of a positive mindset for personal growthMindfulness and emotional regulationSelf-improvement through self-awarenessBuilding resilience through self-reflectionThe role of emotional intelligence in communication skillsThe impact of positive attitude on mental wellnessEffective self-care for emotional well-beingConfidence building through positive self-talkThe importance of empathy in social emotional learningStress management through mindfulness and self-reflection
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We envision a world where youth are empowered and thrive. Cour Experience teaches tools to help our youth and their people, calm, center and find balance and agency in a world that can be overwhelming.

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What is Social and Emotional Learning and Why Does it Matter?

February 03, 20234 min read

Social and emotional learning (SEL) might feel like the new buzzword in education and child rearing but it’s not really that new. The formal beginnings of the SEL movement are seen in the 1990s but the content was in some fortunate schools and classrooms well before (anyone remember Free To Be You And Me in 1972?) How many other caring, empathetic educators were out there in the history of US education who understood the power and importance of teaching social and emotional skills as well as academics while their students were still forming the basic beliefs about the world, others and themselves? It’s elemental to being a good human - learning to show up in the world as a helper, a friend, a partner and as your authentic self.

AND SEL skills allow a child to better access the academic skills as well. It’s difficult to really dig into your studies when you feel emotionally drained, bullied, overwhelmed - fill in the blank - and you don’t understand why or how to manage these emotions and sensations. SEL can help with this, teaching kids to better understand what they are experiencing and how to respond from a place of self-management, conscious choice and empowerment so they can continue to show up, learn, help others and be a force for positive change in their classroom, family and world. Yes please. 

SEL enriches educational success, reduces behavioral problems, and increase mental health. It helps students develop skills such as empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation. 

Teacher and parents co-parenting through Social emotional intelligence

Another thing about SEL - it’s for everyone - kids, teachers, parents, grandparents, leaders and regular humans everywhere! For teachers, developing your social and emotional skills is a great way to create a supportive learning environment. You can use your own experiences to better understand and relate to students where they are. For parents, connect with your children on a deeper level, lovingly guiding and supporting them without trying to domesticate them or mold them into your idea or society’s idea of success but rather help them find their own way, passions and purpose, developing the social emotional skills along the way to support their journey - their journey! We have much to teach and learn from each other when we show up with creativity, curiosity and empathy and the world needs more of this! 

The collaboration between parents and educators is essential for successful SEL implementation. Parents have valuable insights into their child's social and emotional development, which can help to support the SEL class at home.

SEL is not only helpful for students; the participation of the entire community plays a big role. This partnership will better equip students to navigate the complex and interconnected world we live in, promoting a more inclusive and equitable society.

An empowered mindset and emotional intelligence.

A positive and supportive learning environment is possible when teachers possess a high level of emotional intelligence, enabling them to identify and understand their students' feelings. Teachers can respond in a way that supports their growth and development, thus promoting the well-being of students.

 “ As educators, we have an opportunity and I would argue a responsibility to help them heal their trauma by making peace with it, sharing their experiences, and transforming it into growth opportunities ” 

-Dr. Sonia Toledo| Dignity of Children in her DYCD keynote speech  

An empowered mindset encourages students to take control and be accountable for their learning and emotional well-being. This can foster a mutually supportive educational environment, where students feel safe to express themselves and share their feelings.

Both are important in promoting the development of social and emotional skills, such as empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation. Teachers who can integrate these skills into their teaching practice can create a classroom culture that supports the overall well-being of their students and equips them for success in the real world.

Self-reflection and self-improvement.

Engaging in self-reflection and self-enhancement can be beneficial in terms of personal growth. It helps us recognize our strengths, as well as any areas that need improvement. Taking the time to reflect can also give us insight into our motivations, helping us become better versions of ourselves.

self-awareness and self-improvement

Reflecting on your thoughts, feelings, and actions can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, which can have a great impact on your students. In turn, this allows teachers to make any necessary adjustments to their teaching style and approach. There are many ways and tools that can be used for self-reflection and self-improvement, such as journaling, doodling, and attending personal development  workshops.

Cour Experience, in partnership with Dignity of Children, is hosting its first workshop this month as part of its Fill Your Cup series. This Love and connection workshop will cover topics such as understanding the connection between thoughts and actions. You will also learn how to overcome limiting beliefs and negative self-talk, as well as how to develop a mindset of success and empowerment.

Register for this free workshop and let us start with ourselves to help and advocate for our youth. 

Emotional regulationCompassionCommunication skillsEmpathyPositive attitudeSelf-careConfidence buildingStress managementSocial emotional learning for childrenBuilding an empowered mindset in adulthoodDeveloping emotional intelligence through self-reflectionThe importance of self-reflection for personal growthEnhancing emotional intelligence in the workplaceThe benefits of a positive mindset for personal growthMindfulness and emotional regulationSelf-improvement through self-awarenessBuilding resilience through self-reflectionThe role of emotional intelligence in communication skillsThe impact of positive attitude on mental wellnessEffective self-care for emotional well-beingConfidence building through positive self-talkThe importance of empathy in social emotional learningStress management through mindfulness and self-reflection
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Cour Experience

We envision a world where youth are empowered and thrive. Cour Experience teaches tools to help our youth and their people, calm, center and find balance and agency in a world that can be overwhelming.

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We're on a mission to educate, inspire and transform lives, ages 4-104 using basic scientifically proven methods and tools to decrease stress, anxiety and to increase resiliency and overall well-being.

2365 Iron Point Road,

Folsom , CA 95630

(916) 340-5252

© 2019 Cour Experience Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Non-Profit 501c3 EIN: 84-3383699

We're on a mission to educate, inspire and transform lives, ages 4-104 using basic scientifically proven methods and tools to decrease stress, anxiety and to increase resiliency and overall well-being.

2365 Iron Point Road,

Folsom , CA 95630

(916) 340-5252

© 2019 Cour Experience Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Non-Profit 501c3 EIN: 84-3383699