Why spend time on Social and Emotional Learning?
For many teachers, it is hard to justify spending classroom time teaching something other than pure academics, especially with the pressure to perform on state tests. There are at least two major reasons to spend time on SEL in the classroom. One is that SEL curriculum has proven results for increasing academic performance, test scores, and graduation rates. It is similar to spending time sleeping so that you can function next day - sleeping is not wasting time; it is making the remainder of your time much more productive and focused. The second reason is that SEL skills are proven to help drastically decrease behavioral issues in the classroom. And if that is not enough reason, your students will be less anxious or stressed - that may be reason enough!
Read my article to discover The Ultimate Why - why I am devoting all my time and energy to SEL.