Why is socio-emotional learning a vital life skill?
SEL: Social and Emotional Learning is considered to be a prime constituent of personality. Lately, more schools are seen to conduct workshops and talk sessions with students to inculcate the management of emotions constructively. Social and Emotional Learning is about understanding ones' emotions, attitude, be self-aware, develop healthy relationships, grasp social behaviour and learn decision-making skill. Schools, playgroups, family and peers contribute significantly to a child's' socio-emotional intelligence. Socio-emotional intelligence besides helping to improve and perform well in academics also aids in building positive and healthy interpersonal as well as intrapersonal relationship. The traditional classroom learning environment is designed to assist students in learning life skills. Study says that classroom engagement and student-teacher rapport formation results in healthy behaviour.
Teaching children about sharing, showing kindness and having a respectful attitude are little lessons of prosocial behaviours. Learning socio-emotional life skills through the implementation of classroom curriculum makes an individual impart knowledge beyond the classroom. Factors such as self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making and social awareness are touched upon through socio-emotional learning.
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In order to be self-aware, one should understand their emotions, goals, moral values, strengths, weakness and developing an optimistic perspective of oneself.
Self-management is the ability to regulate ones' emotions, behaviours and attitude. This facilitates in learning stress management, dealing with impulsive behaviour, think through challenging situations and succeed.
Now that we can see an increase in cultural amalgamation, social awareness enables an individual to understand people from different cultural backgrounds, regarding social norms and adhere to social behaviours.
Healthy relationships, both interpersonal and intrapersonal require communicating, listening and resolving conflicts with civility.
Decision-making skills involve evaluating consequences on possible grounds and make constructive choices in various settings.
Socio-emotional intelligence helps an individual know themselves and manage their surroundings efficiently, inculcate positive social behaviours, ability to work on distress and mental health and efficiency in academics.