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3 Benefits of SEL for Teachers in the Classroom


Social emotional learning (SEL) – a scientifically backed method for improving learning by addressing social and mental health issues – is a critical piece of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum. SEL builds emotional intelligence (EQ) and helps students develop the skills necessary to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom in meaningful ways throughout their lives. But did you know that having an SEL program in the classroom benefits teachers, too? If your school has yet to implement an SEL program, consider 3 advantages:  

SEL Reduces Teacher Burnout

Even before the pandemic, the pressure on teachers – to remain compliant with state and federal regulations, in addition to ensuring that students meet benchmarks and pass tests – has been enormous. By incorporating SEL into the classroom, students are more likely to achieve benchmarks, thereby improving their test scores as well as their overall academic performance. SEL provides a means by which teachers can alleviate some of the daily pressures that are part and parcel of providing an education and help reduce burnout. 

SEL Reduces Teacher Attrition

According to new research from McKinsey, virtually a third of teachers are thinking of quitting, and a large majority of those leaving are younger teachers. That's more than 900,000 teachers who are not just leaving their jobs but are altogether leaving the profession. And when teachers are in short supply, students suffer. Incorporating SEL into the classroom can help teachers by improving classroom behavior and engagement. Teachers are seeing the benefits of SEL and feel that they are making a meaningful contribution. And teachers themselves are learning, along with their students, new ways to manage emotions and stress.  

SEL Improves Teacher Satisfaction

SEL doesn't just transform students; it transforms the inner life of teachers. Teachers who incorporate SEL in the classroom report being more satisfied with their work and more fulfilled in their profession; they develop higher EQs themselves because they are modeling the behavior that they are teaching their students. In fact, SEL for teachers, as part of their professional development, has become a common practice in districts.

"School Day makes my life as a teacher so much easier. I wish I had it earlier. It helps create meaningful face-to-face conversations with students." - Leonardo Paz, ICT Coordinator & English IB Teacher, Colegio Alemán de Cali, Colombia

School Day for Teachers

School Day is the best K-12 solution for measuring and managing student well-being and social-emotional skills and the best tool for district leaders and teachers to proactively lead well-being in the classroom to improve learning results. School Day asks students weekly questions that focus on learning, social relationships, and health. The data is analyzed, furnishing real-time insight and highlighting what's going well; resources are provided for the areas that need more attention. Request a quote for your school today!

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