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Home / Continuity of Learning / Social and Emotional Well Being (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Well-Being

In addition to the three curricular Core Competencies – Communication, Thinking, and Personal and Social – the Physical and Health Education (PHE) curriculum focuses on well-being and the connections between physical, intellectual, mental, and social health. Social and emotional learning (SEL) approaches also support positive environments, provide techniques to promote well-being and positive mental health, and support students who may have increased needs.

SEL Teacher Supports

With the gradual return of students to the classroom, staff will be providing opportunities for students to feel connected and to develop Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills

Teachers should consider how to build in behavioural competencies central to SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. 

  • Continue to use established programs like Zones of Regulation, Second Step and Kids in the Know (educational tools and electronic resources). 
  • Teachers K-7 are encouraged to include these EASE Anxiety Strategies for Home in their learning plans and in response to situations of trauma, the Ministry also has trauma-informed practice resources for educators available on the  ERASE website. ​​

Well-being Check-Ins

You are the adults in schools with whom young people have relationships and in whom they trust. During this period, with online or over-the-phone communication and/or instruction taking place, there are opportunities to check-in. Here are some samples of what it could look like:

Coast Salish Meditations and Stories

Inventory of SEL and Well-Being Supports

Social Emotional Daily Activities

Here is a collection daily activities, quizzes, movement breaks, videos, and games to build positive relationship skills, resolve conflict, and regulate emotions. Visit the Wide Open School website. These resources are recommended for both families and educators. K-12

Sample SEL Calendar link  generously shared from Nicole W. from Burnaby

During Covid-19 (CASEL): dedicated covid-19 webpage providing guidelines and resources for parents, caregivers, and educators.

Check out the “Keeping Healthy” section of the Keep Learning website.  It has a number of resources that may be helpful for educators, students and parents/caregivers

WE Schools @ Home virtual program: gives parents and teachers free educational resources and daily interactive programming to support well-being, service-learning, and at-home education. 

Help Students Manage and Track Their Mental Well-Being

As caring adults in children’s lives, we can help by being a steady calming influence, providing developmentally-appropriate and factual information about the local situation, and helping them to feel some level of control. Being part of the solution, by thoroughly washing hands, social distancing, and good etiquette when coughing or sneezing can help them to feel a sense of control in an uncertain situation.​