International SEL Day
March 26th ~ Mark Your Calendars & Get Ready!
Week Two: Mindfulness as a tool for Social Emotional skill buildling
How SEL and Mindfulness Can Work Together.
To start, SEL uses an outside-in approach with a focus on teaching skills: a teacher introduces a skill such as recognizing an emotion or using “I” messages, the students practice it for a set amount of time, and then the teacher moves on to the next skill. SEL assumes that this process is enough to enable students to use the skill in all relevant, real-life situations.
Mindfulness, on the other hand, works from the inside out, drawing on the premise that each person has the innate capacity for relationship-building qualities such as empathy and kindness—a premise that research now supports.
Powerful Synergy: SEL and Mindfulness Working Together
Both SEL and mindful practices are pathways to individual empowerment and collective advancement. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a lifelong process by which youth and adults learn and integrate the intra- and interpersonal skills necessary for success in school and life. Mindfulness involves specific practices that help youth and adults in calming themselves, focusing their attention, and growing compassion thus creating the conditions for high-caliber academic learning and amplifying the effects of existing social-emotional programs and strategies.
Trauma Informed Mindfulness Meditation
Do you savor life or let everyday stresses control you? In other words, how mindful are you? Take this quiz from the Greater Good Science Center.
A study has found evidence to show that there is actually a direct link between nasal breathing and our cognitive functions.