93% of teachers want a greater focus on SEL in schools. They agree that social and emotional skills are teachable and are calling for schools to prioritize SEL content.
SEL has been a part of school for almost as long as school has existed. Teachers have always prided themselves on not only covering academics but creating genuinely good humans who can be happy and successful in adulthood.
Post-Covid, after years of closures, disruptions, pivots, isolation, and fear, the stats are coming out on just how damaging it has been to our children and their emotional and mental well-being and social skills.
In a recent survey, 70% of youth self-rated their ability to cope with challenges as medium to very low. The time for increased SEL in schools is now.
Studies show that SEL interventions increase students’ academic performance and that students who participate in SEL programs show improved classroom behavior, have an increased ability to manage stress, and have better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.
The MiO program consists of ready-to-go lessons you can read aloud and discuss with your students, followed by activities. This helps solidify the information and allows your students to reflect and retain. Activities are flexible and allow you to adapt, add, or omit as needed to best suit your classroom needs.
From ages 5-8 children are gaining independence from their caregivers and experimenting with safe connections outside of the family unit. Peer acceptance becomes important to them for the first time, and they are learning to cooperate and share.
From ages 9-11 children are rapidly gaining autonomy and are forming opinions of themselves and the world around them. Peer acceptance is very important to them, as well as learning skills to handle physical and emotional tasks independently.
From ages 12+, adolescents show more concern with themselves, from body image, to confidence, to self-identity. Peer acceptance is at the height of importance, and romantic relationships may be beginning to form. This is a crucial age for developing character and learning to set and respect boundaries.