We tend sometimes to speak in buzzwords in early education: emergent learning, play-based curriculum, SEL, SPD… I encourage you to check out this podcast interview with popular education blogger Vicki Davis about the nuance of language, our shared understanding of these terms, and how a current trend in early education – Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – can be directly connected to STEM.
SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Vicki asks those of us in Preschool and K-12 to define how we might implement a SEL program and not just use the taglines in our daily communications. “We need to be brave enough to challenge the status quo”.
It’s a fascinating discussion, and I hope you’ll find some time to listen.