Developing Students’ Social & Emotional Skills During Remote Learning

A Student’s Guide to Stay Organised

This moment is unlike any we have faced. There is a need to continue to provide an inclusive, learning environment to support our children’s academic success and ensure their social and emotional needs are being met.

Emotions are the gatekeepers of cognition, motivation and attention. Helping the child to develop strong emotional and social skills, such as the ability to manage their own emotions, be self-aware, interact and collaborate with others should be our focus at this time.

As schools are operating virtually and people are maintaining social distancing, the need to focus on the well being of the child becomes even more critical.

Ways to develop emotional and social skills:

1. Self awareness: It begins with identifying emotions, needs, strengths and limitations.

Explore self awareness by introducing emotional vocabulary. Teach children how to model proper behavior.

This can be done through Journal writing. Instruct children to maintain a special journal to record their challenges and emotions, events or memories.

2. Self management: It involves managing impulses, emotions and stress.

This can be achieved by reminding children that they can offer or perform any house hold chore for someone in their family.

They will enjoy connecting with the family members and it will help in building a bond as well.

3. Social awareness-It involves understanding others and their perspectives. It starts with acknowledging and appreciating the fact that  everyone is different. This can be achieved by encouraging the child to collect unused toys, clothes, books etc to donate to those in need. Basically it simply means guiding the child to start thinking positively about others and those around him more than himself.

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