Misconceptions I Had About SEL

While researching Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for TCEA’s new online course, I realized I had several misconceptions about the topic. If you are not familiar with social and emotional learning, it is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

I wanted to expose the errors in my thinking since they might be common misconceptions that we all have about SEL. Here are three fallacies I had about this topic and the truth I learned.

Misconception #1: SEL is only about feelings.

I always thought SEL was only about emotions and feeling. I was so wrong about this! I learned that SEL encompasses many skills. Emotions and feelings are only one part.

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