SEL should not be a mystery. In a classroom in which students’ SEL growth is being actively encouraged, you should see nine instructional strategies being applied regularly, regardless of the subject matter. These are general strategies that activate students’ SEL competencies.
If we want students to take SEL-related lessons and apply them to their lives, we must show them how we use the ideas in our lives. For example, when introducing a theme, discuss when it is important in your own life (at least your professional life). Ask students to discuss how they can apply the ideas in their own lives.