3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction
As school leaders across the country seek to adopt social-emotional learning (SEL) as a formal part of curriculum, one question keeps surfacing: How can educators weave SEL into a day already bursting with “have-to’s” and “must-do’s”?
Literacy instruction can serve as a model of how to do just that. Traditional approaches to literacy instruction are bolstered by cross-curricular methods; the same holds true for SEL instruction. Resilience, in particular, is a core SEL skill that translates well across subject areas. Whether students are reading literature about a character’s challenging journey, or learning to persevere through a difficult word problem, resilience is always relevant to a student’s—and teacher’s—journey.
Moreover, pioneering work by Carol Dweck, Martin Seligman and Angela Duckworth has shown that the ability to cope and persevere through setbacks and adversity can indeed be taught and learned. By teaching skills ranging from self-management to responsible decision-making, educators can instill in students the positive mindsets, resilience, and grit they need to succeed in school and in life.
Whether your school has adopted an SEL program or not, you can build SEL into literacy instruction. The following actionable advice—focused on resilience—help educators build SEL concepts into everyday instructional activities.
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