By and large, educators need the same social and emotional skills that they teach their students (www.casel.org). Research shows that CASEL’s skills are highly relevant for students and teachers alike (Jennings & Frank, 2015; Jennings & Greenberg, 2009). Below are eight key social and emotional constructs educators need, along with examples illustrating why they are important.
Self-Awareness: Especially during highly stressful situations, educators need to know how to recognize their emotions and how those emotions influence their behavior toward students.
Self-Management: Educators need strong time management skills so they are able to grade assignments, prepare lessons, and stay on top
of their many other duties, both in and out of the classroom.
Social Awareness: Having empathy and compassion helps teachers form caring and respectful relationships with students, which helps to create positive learning environments and contributes to student achievement.
Relationship Skills: Educators need strong relationship skills so they are able to build strong, healthy relationships with students and resolve potential disagreements with colleagues.
Goal-Directed Behavior: Setting goals is important for professional growth and personal accomplishment and can help educators feel more in control of their daily activities.
Personal Responsibility: Because educators work with students, a vulnerable population, they need to make constructive choices about their personal behavior and follow ethical standards.
Decision Making: Every day, educators make hundreds of decisions that affect the children they work with. They must be confident that they are making the best choices for those students.
Optimistic Thinking: To help work through the high levels of stress in their profession, educators need to develop optimistic thinking,
a growth mindset, and even a sense of humor to avoid burnout.
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