Social and Emotional Learning – Resource collections

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) describes the connections, relationships, skills, attitudes and feelings that help learners succeed in school, work and life. SEL frames identity, languages and culture as enhancing learners’ ways of knowing, understanding, and dealing effectively with daily tasks and challenges. Therefore, SEL is most effective when it is part of everyday classroom life.

The activities are organised into resource collections. They are aimed at teachers of all levels. Adapt and develop them to meet the needs of ākonga in your context and setting.


The elements of Social & Emotional Learning

The 10 elements are essential aspects of Social and Emotional Learning — in Aotearoa, New Zealand — that help learners think for themselves, feel like they belong and connect with empathy.

The five elements of Relating to others

He tūrangawaewae
Connection to place

He tirohanga whānui
Perspective taking

He hononga ki te hapori
Community connection

He āroa, he kanorau
Social awareness and diversity

Tū tangata
People of inspiration

The key competency Relating to others, is about establishing, negotiating, and re-negotiating learning relationships and educationally powerful connections with people and places (the living and non-living world). This competency is about manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and mahi ngātahi. It is about valuing and recognising who stood before, who stands here now and who is yet to be. How we engage with each other has a mutual impact.

What strategies, skills and values can I contribute to upholding mana, creating power-sharing and respectful partnerships, and engaging in learning relationships?

The five elements of Managing self

He tuakiri, he reo, he tikanga, he mātāpono
Identities, languages, cultures and values

Mahi tahi

He mauri, he wero
Understanding emotions and meeting challenges

He ihumanea, he toa
Intuition and bravery

Mana motuhake

The key competency Managing self, is about developing and growing a sense of self. It is about decision-making and acting purposefully as a learner by using skills, strategies and knowledge towards mana motuhake. Mana motuhake comes from, through and with manaakitanga — a learner never stands alone. Therefore, this competency is about the learner’s capabilities as part of a whānau (with whakapapa), their wide and diverse community, and te taiao, the natural world.

What are the decisions I can make as a learner, and what impact will those decisions have on me and, therefore, my people and my place?

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