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Students find themselves having to deal with emotions that they may not be able to recognize or understand. Whether they are frustrated because they don’t comprehend a subject, are having issues with friends or family, or are sad because of a loss of pet, they can bring these feelings into the classroom with them.

If they don’t have self-awareness or knowledge about what they are going through, they may react to uncomfortable situations in the only way they know: by acting out. To ensure that your students are achieving academically and emotionally, making them aware of emotions is beneficial. Having the right social-emotional learning materials can help with that endeavor.

Social emotional learning (SEL) skills are key to success in and out of the classroom. When you shop online at Really Good Stuff®, you will discover an inventive and appealing array of social-emotional learning activities for kids. Our social and emotional learning activities and products help teach resilience, empathy, and positivity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Emotions play a big part in how we see ourselves and others, as well as in how we absorb and synthesize new information. Learning how to recognize and understand one’s emotions and the feelings of the people around us is called Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

Students from diverse backgrounds often have different frameworks for approaching academic and social settings. SEL is an effective process for building a common foundation of emotional and social awareness that facilitates a safe classroom environment for everyone while enhancing each student’s chances of long-term success in school and beyond. The right social-emotional resources for teachers can make this challenging subject interesting and exciting for students to learn.

  1. Self-Awareness - Understanding one's own emotions, thoughts and values in relation to one's own behavior and choices.
  2. Self-Management - Managing one's emotions in pursuit of goals through stress management, self-discipline, planning and organizing, delaying gratification, showing courage, taking initiative, etc.
  3. Social Awareness - Understanding others' perspectives, especially those of diverse backgrounds and cultures, demonstrating compassion and empathy, recognizing situational demands, perceiving the influence of systems and organizations on behavior.
  4. Relationship Skills - Developing positive relationships through effective communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, resistance to negative peer pressure, showing leadership, accepting support, standing up for the rights of others.
  5. Responsible Decision-Making - Choosing constructive behavior in diverse social settings through demonstrating open-mindedness, reasoned judgement, consideration for ethics and safety, anticipating and evaluating the consequences of actions, reflecting on one’s role in creating personal, familial and community wellbeing.
  • Culture - An environment where all individuals are safe, respected and supported as they learn to manage emotions and take responsibility for their actions encourages kids to engage and feel empowered as they grow into compassionate and emotionally healthy people.
  • Competent Models - Adults who effectively manage their own emotions, take responsibility for their actions, deal with conflict constructively and are open to feedback model the social and emotional learning that kids perceive and want to emulate.
  • Curriculum - Through lessons, games and activities, effective SEL curriculum provides both explicit and implicit opportunities for kids to gain competency in the five components of SEL by empowering them to make positive choices, solve problems on their own and build healthy relationships with others.

Besides creating an orderly and enjoyable learning experience, incorporating SEL in the classroom leads to an array of benefits for students, their families and their communities. Research has shown not only increases in academic performance but declines in anxiety, behavior issues and substance abuse among students receiving SEL. Far-reaching benefits include a higher likelihood of high school graduation, successful family and work relationships, avoidance of criminal activity and overall career achievement.

Besides creating an orderly and enjoyable learning experience, incorporating SEL in the classroom leads to an array of benefits for students, their families and their communities. Research has shown not only increases in academic performance but also declines in anxiety, behavior issues and substance abuse among students receiving SEL.

Far-reaching benefits include a higher likelihood of high school graduation, successful family and work relationships, avoidance of criminal activity and overall career achievement. These skills can begin early in a child’s education but should continue with social-emotional learning activities for middle school and beyond.

Understanding the importance of SEL for sustained success leads to questions of how to incorporate social-emotional learning in the classroom. Alongside implementing fair disciplinary policies and bullying prevention practices, explicit lessons on conflict resolution, body language and mindfulness can support effective SEL, which means having social-emotional learning supplies.

Modeling respectful behavior provides implicit SEL lessons, and getting insight from other teachers can be helpful. Also, keeping open communication with students' families and encouraging teamwork through sports or other extracurriculars can foster SEL skills.


Created by and for Teachers

The experienced educators on our team work hand-in-hand with current classroom teachers to carefully create and curate social-emotional learning kits aligned with:

  • CASEL
  • Ruler
  • Start Empathy

Improving social-emotional learning competencies can benefit everyone. Teaching empathy to elementary students and others can improve the learning environment for all. Studies show social and emotional learning results in a 13% rise in academic achievement and 20% less bullying of students with disabilities. Simply put, social-emotional learning activities for elementary school students and others is a win-win.

Success in School, Work and Life

Created by teachers for teachers, these social-emotional learning posters and other products are designed to help students develop the social and emotional skills they need to be successful academically, to be productive in their future jobs and to approach life with resilience and optimism.

With a social-emotional learning curriculum and SEL classroom decorations, elementary school kids can reap long-term benefits that they can carry into their adult years. In fact, 79% of employers say social-emotional skills are the most important qualities for job success.

For School and Home

Whether you use our character-education products in the classroom as part of your social-emotional learning lesson plans or send a social skills activity for kids for use at home, our social-emotional learning games and educational aids bring students, teachers and families together in SEL activities that promote:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships
  • Mindfulness

If you’re wondering how to measure social-emotional learning, our products include fun assessment tools like self-assessment stamps that build self-esteem and empathy. Being self-aware is a good thing, and it ensures that students have the skills necessary to function no matter what emotions might overtake them in the classroom or in life.

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[All statistics cited.] Retrieved February 21, 2020,
from Committee for Children®


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