Before I start, do you remember hearing these statements during our schooling? \u201cWhy are you crying? Boys don\u2019t cry\u201d \u201cStop behaving like a girl\u201d \u201cYou don\u2019t have to cry and be sad for everything\u201d Learning in school has been a bittersweet experience for most students in India. When it comes to Emotional Learning, it is a whole different story, especially when emotions are involved.\u00a0 The concept of Emotional Learning in school has been dormant in the education system, especially in India.\u00a0 How? \tThe portrayal of emotions in class has been often looked down upon.\u00a0 \tCertain personal stigmas are repeatedly mentioned to students and teachers. \tUnderstanding what students go through is at the backseat (literally).\u00a0 Students are expected to be \u2018happy\u2019 at all times, and not have problems, emotionally at least.\u00a0 Why?\u00a0 Because, \u201cWhat will my friends think?\u201d or \u201cWhat will my teacher think?\u201d or even \u201cI am going to get scolded again, so why bother?\u201d To remove these stigmas, and promote the importance of emotional learning, Social-Emotional Learning or SEL is what is needed.\u00a0 What is Social-Emotional Learning? Social-Emotional Learning is a concept that refers to how students: \tRegulate their emotions \tCommunicate with each other \tUnderstand compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people \tBuild relationships \tMake good decision Social-Emotional Learning is NOT new. It has been talked about since the times of Plato. However, its awareness increased in the 1990s when the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) was founded.\u00a0 CASEL was founded as a collaborative effort to bring together educators, psychologists, child well-being advocates, and researchers. CASEL\u2019s advocates spreading the concept and the knowledge of Social-Emotional Learning. And more importantly, implement it in the school curriculum.\u00a0 According to the Collaborative, there are 5 primary components of Social-Emotional Learning \tSelf-Awareness \tSocial Awareness \tSelf-Management \tResponsible Decision-Making \tRelationship Skills How do these core components help?\u00a0 According to various curriculum developers, these components help to develop brain functions in the child that instill healthy emotions. If you think you wish to talk more about emotional learning and how it can help in your career, Book a Session with us today! How Does Emotional Learning Help Students in School? This is where it all gets interesting.\u00a0 We understood some of the stigmas and issues students face daily. Due to this, we dived into what it is and also, what it consists of.\u00a0 But how does it help? Improvement in Academics With the introduction of Social-Emotional Learning in the curriculum, it has been proved that it helps in students\u2019 overall development. This includes academics as well. Understanding your emotions, processing them and more importantly, acknowledging your peers helps improve academic performance. Targeted Results For Students\u00a0 Every student is different. And, every student has their way and time of learning. Emotional learning has proved to help students who have had early-identified problems as well.\u00a0 The students who find it difficult to cope and interact do benefit from the learning concepts. They were able to lessen problems with their conduct, developed a positive approach to themselves and others, and had fewer outbreaks emotionally. This, in turn, led to better academic performance.\u00a0 Better Interactions Socially Teaching and understanding emotional learning in school can help also have better social interactions with your peers and teachers.\u00a0 You learn from your parents first and then your teachers. Advocating this branch of learning can help students take a positive approach to communication and behaviour. Understanding Self-Care Exposing yourself to this type of learning as a part of your school curriculum also helps you to understand self-care.\u00a0 As a concept, self-care and self-love have been lost among students. Students, with the help of this, can understand other people, how to take care of themselves, and take care of the people around them.\u00a0 Better Classroom Behaviour Having a curriculum that includes this type of learning can help students with their classroom behaviour.\u00a0 With the core concepts being taught, you can manage your stress (yes, students have stress), and stress-induced thoughtS. Apart from this, students also have a higher opinion of themselves with their exposure to the concept.\u00a0 Lesser Aggressive Behaviour By being exposed to the core concepts of this learning method such as self-management and self-awareness, students have projected less aggressive behaviour.\u00a0 Along with this, learning constantly about themselves and their emotions, emotional learning has brought a positive long-term effect for them. Emotional Learning is barely a part of any curriculum in India today. Even if it is, we often ignore it. But, it should be an essential part of any and every curriculum in the world.\u00a0 Today, understanding, expressing and processing emotions is the NEED of the HOUR! To know more about this concept, you can always Book a Session with our expert counsellors today!