SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING THROUGH SOLVING
It is important that adults who work with solvers specifically teach and reinforce social emotional skills to keep students engaged in learning. In addition to explicit instruction, instruction around these skills should be integrated throughout the day.
We use CASEL's Core Competencies as a guide for Solving Fun’s activity, game, and puzzle development (CASEL, www.casel.org). While working through our activities, solvers need to rely on these skills at different times. These competencies include:
Self-Awareness: Labeling emotions, accurate self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence
Self-Management: Organization, impulse control, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, goal-setting
Social-Awareness: Empathy, perspective-taking, appreciating diversity, respect for others
Relationship Skills: Social engagement, communication, relationship-building, teamwork
Responsible Decision-Making: Valuing ethics, identifying problems, analyzing situations, solving problems, evaluating, reflecting