Latest Historical Events

5 (Recent) Historical Events You Should Discuss with Your Students

Numerous research reports demonstrate that students’ academic performance can benefit from social and emotional learning (SEL), which stands for social and emotional competence. The Social and Emotional Learning research review on Edutopia delves into those reports and provides assistance in making sense of the findings. Learn how researchers define social and emotional learning, review some of the possible learning outcomes, get our recommendations of evidence-based programmes, find tips for avoiding pitfalls when implementing SEL programmes, and delve into a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages. These are the topics that are covered in this series of four articles.

What exactly is meant by the term “social and emotional learning”?
What exactly is meant by the term “social and emotional learning” (SEL)? The majority of researchers agree on the following five core SEL competencies: (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor & Schellinger, 2011; Weissberg, Durlak, Domitrovich, & Gullotta, 2016). These skills lay the groundwork for fostering and sustaining meaningful connections with others and for rising to the challenges that come with living a full life.

1. 9/11 Terrorist Attacks and the War on Terror (2001-Present)

1. Self-Awareness:

What are the things I’m thinking and how do I feel?
What exactly is it that’s causing those feelings and thoughts?
How can I articulate my thoughts and feelings in a manner that is respectful?

2. Arab Spring (2010-Present)

What are some of the various responses that I can have to an event?
How can I react to an occurrence in the most positive way that I possibly can?

3. World Financial Collapse (2007-2009)

How can I get inside the heads of other people and better understand how they feel?
How can I get inside the heads of other people to better comprehend why they think and feel the way they do?

4. Natural Disasters (Early 21st Century)

How can I adjust my behaviour so that my interactions with various people go off without a hitch?
How can I make sure that other people understand what it is that I expect from them?
How can I communicate with other people to better understand their expectations of me and to better manage those expectations?

5. Social Networking Revolution (2000-present)

What kind of effects will my actions have, not only on me but also on other people?
How well do my decisions reflect my core beliefs?
How can I find creative solutions to problems?
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: GO TO THE LINK ABOVE TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FIVE KEY COMPETENCIES “WHAT IS SEL, YOU ASK? CAPABILITIES AND PROFICIENCIES “COLLABORATIVE FOR ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING PAGE (CASEL).