Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) enables all youth and adults to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop a healthy identity, manage emotions, achieve individual and group goals, feel and demonstrate empathy for others, and , a system that helps you build and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. CASEL 5 covers five broad and interrelated competency domains: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relational skills, and responsible decision-making, and highlights examples for each domain. I have witnessed many times that when a traumatized individual or community leaves their wounds unrecovered, not only the individual but also the entire society becomes ill. Therefore, the healing of each of us is a very essential step for our future and a healthy society. In this sense, I rediscover that among the methodologies in Sklar's playmaking, awakening oneself based on self-awareness, the exploration of one's five senses, daily life, and one's own emotions, is very effective. The more you hide and bury the wounds, the more they don't disappear, but the more they fester and burst. There is true healing when you reveal your pain and wounds painfully but honestly. I know very well how the children with their respective scars of playmaking have changed.
In particular, their changes were remarkable enough to watch a video of their film-making process, capture the scene, and watch it again. Finally, thirdly, I got the answer to the sentence below in What Is the CASEL Framework?
“Students, families, schools and communities are all part of a broader system that shapes learning, development and experiences. Inequalities based on race, ethnicity, class, language, gender identity, sexual orientation and other factors are deeply ingrained in many of these systems and affect the social, emotional and academic learning of students and adults. SEL alone cannot address long-standing and deep-rooted inequalities in the education system, but it can create the conditions necessary for individuals and schools to review and disrupt unequal policies and practices, create more inclusive learning environments, and reveal and nurture their interests and assets. there is."
In other words, there is no perfect system or methodology in this world. However, among the effects of SEL, I expect the effect of social awareness above. In other words, there will always be numerous inequality raised in the educational field. It's only different in shape, but it doesn't completely disappear. But will the system ever improve if no one recognizes and raises these issues? Among the effects of this SEL, I think that the effect of social awareness is very suitable for a society that is diversifying. In other words, we and our communities have a responsibility to create the conditions necessary to reveal and nurture individual interests in a more inclusive environment. In other words, I use art among SEL resources to recognize my trauma through the effects of self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness, manage it in the right way, and create a safe and secure environment where these individual needs and interests can be reviewed without being hindered. We believe that creating an inclusive learning environment is a way to truly heal individuals/communities that have lost hope due to trauma.
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