Social-Emotional Learning


What is it?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is about building the interpersonal and developmental skills needed for school and life.

When we talk about social-emotional learning, we’re talking about five sets of skills:

  1. Self-awareness

  2. Self-management

  3. Social awareness

  4. Relationship skills

  5. Responsible decision making

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is crucial to our sessions. We teach the ‘whole child’, and this extends to helping them develop key skills that enhance their ability to learn.

How is SEL incorporated into Lil’ Eggheads sessions?

For each student, we develop and target social-emotional goals that will help them to become a better learner. These goals are worked on by using tools, such as emotion cards, or academic material, such as stories that they are working on.

Why are SEL goals important to the learning process?

Children learn best when they feel confident and are able to engage with the material. With our child-centered approach, we want to empower our students and give them the tools they need to be able to digest the information being taught.

This is especially crucial if there are social-emotional roadblocks to learning. Some of these roadblocks are learning anxiety, power struggles, lack of confidence, or difficulties with focusing. Before meaningful learning can happen, these issues need to be addressed.

Our interventionists’ clinical skills enables them to tend to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of the students. They are able to intervene and address these roadblocks by teaching the students skills and strategies that they can carry with them into the classroom.

What is the impact of SEL?

These SEL skills are not only vital to the learning process and academic success, but they’re necessary for overall growth and development.

This enables the students to feel better about themselves and their capabilities as a learner, and improves their overall academic performance.

What are SEL goals?

These are some examples of SEL goals that we work towards within our sessions:

Relationship Skills:

  • Ability to communicate when help is needed

  • Communicating their emotions

  • Working cooperatively

  • Resolving conflicts peacefully

Responsible Decision Making:

  • Identifying when there is a potential problem

  • Analyzing to figure out different strategies

  • Choosing a strategy to solve the problem or manage the behavior

  • Reflecting on the effectiveness of the strategy


  • Knowledge of emotions

  • Ability to identify their emotions

  • Recognizing their own strengths

  • Confidence


  • Attention/concentration

  • Managing impulses, behavior, and stress

  • Using strategies for learning and emotions

  • Ability to persevere through challenges/challenging material

Social Awareness:

  • Understanding when and why others might feel different emotions

  • Ability to take the perspective of others

  • Demonstrating empathy in thinking, reading, reading comprehension, and writing

  • Respect for others