Here at i2i we talk a lot about Social Emotional Learning, also known as SEL (we love our acronyms in education!). By now, you may have a grasp on what we’re talking about, but let’s dive into a deeper understanding of SEL and how i2i games foster Social Emotional Learning.
Casel describes SEL as an integral part of human development, explaining, “SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.”
SEL engages children, and adults, on a fundamental human level that we at Improv 2 Improve believe is essential to learning. Students who are struggling with anxiety, bullying and self-esteem may build emotional walls to protect themselves. This further interferes with a student’s openness and ability to learn. When students fully engage socially and emotionally, they are open, attentive, and responsive to one another.
This level of engagement allows students to set aside fear and anxiety and begin to enjoy learning without even realizing it. SEL, therefore, fosters both healthy relationships and engaged learning as the students become open and attentive to one another and to what they are learning.
The US Department of Education agrees! That’s why SEL is mandated in our public schools. In developing these critical social skills, we can reduce bullying and isolation among our students while improving collaboration and cooperation as well as developing empathy.
With i2i’s games, students engage with one another and communicate through eye contact, body language, and words — all while they are having fun. While students feel the joy of having fun through play, their brains relax, releasing endorphins that help get them ready to absorb new information. So SEL games provide a playground for learning in the classroom.
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Play. Fun. Joy. It’s Serious Business!