25. Social and Emotional Learning
Abstract: It is incumbent upon teachers to educate the whole student – academically, socially, and emotionally – if we are to expect students to benefit maximally from their limited time with us. Research by the American Psychological Association suggests that student achievement in school is strongly dependent upon positive teacher-student relationships, and science itself is a communal endeavor, requiring students to build positive student-student relationships. The crux of social and emotional learning is to help students – especially those who come into the classroom with personal challenges – to improve their resilience as learners and to become well integrated, contributing members of society.