What Is SEL Anyway?

Since when did social-emotional learning become about calming our anger and quieting our feelings? It’s hard to find the balance when we need our homes and/or classrooms to be peaceful environments, but we don’t want to send the message that anger or big emotions are not okay and suppress them. 

Raise your hand if this was NOT the message you grew up with? Emotional acceptance is not how most of us were raised, for MANY generations. 

SEL is:

  1. Recognizing our emotions so we can take care of ourselves, with kindness and acceptance. 
  2. Learning healthy coping strategies when we do have a big or difficult feeling. 
  3. Learning right from wrong, so we can make good decisions. 
  4. Understanding what it means to be a kind and caring friend. 

Kind Mind’s SEL curriculum is here to help create a sense of calm in the classroom and at home by building in simple daily practices that create a calmer environment, while still accepting emotional rollercoasters and teaching healthy coping strategies for all ages (this includes adults).  

Nothing is perfect all the time. The goal is NOT to be calm, cool, and collected every moment of every day. The goal is to find awareness, acceptance, forgiveness, and resilience. These are the lessons that Kind Mind brings to classrooms and homes. 

This week, let’s go back to accepting emotional rollercoasters

This week’s practice: 

  1. Notice when you are trying to calm, quiet, or fix an emotion, within yourself or someone else. 
  2. When you notice, remind yourself that this emotion is normal. 
  3. Take 5-10 deep breaths, can you see more clearly what you need next?

In the classroom: 

  1. Notice when you are trying to calm, quiet, or fix an emotion for your students. 
  2. Use the Kind Mind Compass as a way to bring acceptance around the emotion, while also teaching healthy coping strategies. 

At home: 

  1. Notice when you are trying to calm, quiet, or fix an emotion for your children. 
  2. Use the Kind Mind Compass as a way to bring acceptance around the emotion, while also teaching healthy coping strategies. 
  3. If you are triggered by the emotion, notice how that could be a generational pattern that caused you harm as a child. 

Introduce the Kind Mind Compass to your classroom or home for a simple way to practice healthy coping strategies, and cultivate compassion from within. 

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