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‘Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – The Way Forward’




Schools have also been an institute for students from diverse social and economic backgrounds. Educators and community agencies have been serving students with different motivations for engaging in learning, behaving positively, and performing academically. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students’ ability to succeed in school, careers, and life.

In education policy and practice, SEL has long been known to be important for student development and academic success, but the pandemic and the prolonged school lockdown have further emphasized the need.

To address the need of elevation for SEL, an international workshop for teacher educators, school teachers, and teacher trainees  on ‘Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – The Way Forward’ was organised by School of Education, Apeejay Stya University, in association with the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Haryana and Creative Education in Action, Canada, on May 15, 2021. The Chief Guest of the workshop was Dr. Rishi Goel, Director, SCERT Haryana and distinguished Speaker Margaret Boersma, OCT, Ontario, Canada also enlightened the participants by sharing her knowledge and experience in the field.
“We have all been affected by the disruption of Covid 19. Some students have experienced trauma while others have not. There is a large range of emotions, and as teachers, we need to equip ourselves,” Margaret Boersma said.


“We need to teach social and emotional learning at school in a proactive manner. Teachers need to follow specific strategies to handle different emotions of the students. They (students) struggle to deal with social and emotional learning,” she said.
Both students and adults can appear well but actually be experiencing emotions such as deep sadness, helplessness, numbness, isolation, disconnection or an inability to trust, she said. “We might have mood swings, be unable to concentrate, withdraw from others, be extremely tired, irritable, angry or anxious. As teachers, we must be watching for these symptoms in our students and staff,” she suggested.
Explaining CASEL’s framework, she said the teachers make students understand—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
 Dr. Sunil Bajaj, Deputy Director, SCERT said, “Following the Finland Education Model, we must prepare our students to face failure. If students learn the art of coping with the failure, half the battle is won.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Rishi Goel, Director, SCERT Haryana said, “During pandemic, the term Social and Emotional Learning is being widely used. In Indian Education system and Literature, we have been teaching character education, morals and values, and peace education for decades. Except the terminology, there is no difference in the learning.”

Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviours (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students.

“With changing ecosystem, technology and the pandemic, only intelligence quotient isn’t enough. Emotional quotient is equally important.”


“Change happens every day and the resistance to change causes stress. One must be ready to accept the change to move ahead in life”


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