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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources for Educators

October 02, 2021

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education right now.  It is said that SEL needs to come first – before academics.  Here are some worksheets to help students learn about and practice the concepts of SEL. 

What is SEL?

 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important aspect of education, and needs to take place with or before other types of learning.  Students learn best when they are in a safe, supportive environment …

SEL has been defined as an ongoing process of gaining self-awareness, connecting and getting along with others, developing self-control, emotional control, communication skills, problem-solving skills, making good decision, and setting and achieving goals.  All of these skills contribute to school, work, and life success, and they make learning more meaningful and engaging.  SEL benefits students academically and socially.

The benefits of SEL include the following:

  • Increases prosocial behaviors
  • Enhances relationships
  • Improves social skills
  • Improves conflict resolution
  • Improves communication
  • Increase feelings of connection to school
  • Reduces depression
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Improves decision-making
  • Helps with managing daily challenges
  • Improves anger management
  • Improves coping skills
  • Helps to regulate emotions
  • Increases empathy
  • And more

Components of SEL

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Relationship Skills
  • Social Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making


Self-awareness is the ability to notice your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  It’s about being honest with yourself.  It is seeking to understand all aspects of yourself.  It involves looking at connections and patterns in your own thoughts and behaviors over time.  It can include looking at what situations tend to make us react in certain ways.  With that, we can begin to understand why we might do certain things, which sets us on a better path to healing.  It lets us change what we want to change, improve upon other things, and develop strengths and skills out of talents, attributes, and interests.


This involves regulating your behavior and your thoughts and emotions.  It includes impulse-control, self-control, anger management, taking responsibility for your actions, managing stress, and using coping skills.  It can also include goal-setting and achieving, behavior monitoring, and self-reinforcement. 

Relationship Skills

This involves how we get along with other people.  It is connecting with and cooperating with others, working together, and supporting each other.  It involves communication, conflict resolution, social skills, listening, respecting others, and being a good friend.

Social Awareness

This is about being aware of your surroundings and social circumstances and being mindful of the perspectives of others.  It involves understanding others’ point of view, being understanding, and having empathy.  It includes seeing how our actions impact others, respecting cultural differences, and being ethical.

Responsible Decision Making

This involves making good choices, doing the right thing, and being responsible.  It includes problem-solving, weighing the options, thinking about consequences, planning and looking ahead, and setting and achieving goals.

Get the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Worksheet packet here! 

Also, get the Mental Health Check-in Packet here!

It includes worksheets related to each of the SEL Components.  These worksheets help students learn about and practice using  SEL concepts.  They can be a helpful and useful addition to SEL programs and practices.

These worksheets make a great addition to any SEL program, lesson, discussion, session, or activity.  They can be used by teachers in the classroom, to supplement lessons and to facilitate conversations and practice of pro-social skills, by counselors, psychologists, and other mental health specialists with students or clients, individually or in groups, or by anyone who works with children and is interested in promoting SEL concepts.


Lori Granieri is a School Psychologist, Writer, and Owner of Enrichment Source: Creative Resources for Life Improvement.  Find out more at and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok @enrichmentsource

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