The Teacher Self-Check Tool is designed as a formative, rather than an evaluative, tool that can help classroom teachers reflect on their own practice. It walks teachers through the six components of strong SEL Integration and provides "look-fors," or key elements, for each component. Thinking about these elements can help teachers identify which components they are already prioritizing, determine where they want to focus their efforts, and plan for next steps. The goal of the Teacher Self-Check Tool is to help educators build their own awareness about different ways to approach SEL in the classroom and be even more intentional about providing holistic supports to students. This tool is intended to be used in conjunction with Transforming Education’s SEL Integration Approach.
In this latest resource, TransformEd has developed an adaptive approach for educators eager for ways to integrate SEL into their academic curricula and other classroom activities. It provides guidance around six key components that are critical to supporting the whole learner: conducive environments, strong relationships, explicit instruction, thoughtful modeling, practice opportunities, and teachable moments. Using the SEL Integration Approach, educators can integrate SEL in a way that is flexible, equitable, responsive to their students’ needs, and can be easily aligned with ongoing academic instruction in the classroom.
Success in school and in life depends on more than academic ability alone. Rigorous longitudinal research has demonstrated that specific competencies—such as growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, and social awareness—have a significant impact on students’ academic performance and persistence in school as well as their broader life success, as measured by a variety of health, wealth, and well-being indicators in adulthood.
Social Awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
Self-management, which is also referred to as “self-control” or “self-regulation,” is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, delaying gratification, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward personal and academic goals.i Students with strong self-management skills arrive to class prepared,