Social-Emotional Learning

“Social-emotional learning is an integral part of education and human development SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.”

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Social-Emotional Learning

Incorporating SEL in schools has long-lasting and global results. Teaching students at a young age how to manage their emotions, resolve issues, and work together, can positively impact their academic performance, and ability to thrive in their future careers and communities. SEL also fits into trauma-informed instruction by helping students reduce stress, anxiety, depression.  

Movement-Based Learning’s Role in SEL

Movement is an amazing vehicle for students to learn social-emotional skills. Our program offers engaging learning opportunities for students to be creative and work together.

Responsible Decision Making
Relationship Skills
Social Awareness

Healing ACEs with Social Emotional Learning

Including social-emotional learning in your classroom can help students reduce toxic stress and increase self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social, and self-awareness, all core principles of CASEL’s core competence areas.

Click to download a free emotional check-in worksheet to use with your students!

How Does Movement Alleviate the Impact of ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can limit small proteins called “growth factors,” from being secreted in the brain. These growth factors help maintain plasticity and repair neurons in the developing brain.

The release of one growth factor called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is enhanced by movement!

Increased BDNF levels make our brains less vulnerable to stress. (Notaras & van de Buuse, 2020)

Strengthening neural connections through play and movement is extremely important! The rapidly developing brain is forming one million new neural connections a second during this crucial development period (Harris, 2019).

Learn strategies for including social-emotional learning in your classroom at a Virtual PD for K-5th grade teachers, “Trauma and Learning.”

Math & Movement SEL Curriculum Project

Check out our program options that are perfect for schools looking to include more movement-based learning in their lessons.

Join a Training

All teachers receive 10 hours of professional development in movement-based learning with a 6-part virtual training on Trauma and Learning. 

Implement Math, Literacy, and SEL concepts

Include custom-designed sensory hallways with literacy, math, and positive affirmations at your school.

Incorporate Daily Lesson Plans and Activities

Introduce games and activities for teaching core math and literacy concepts. Our activities are aligned to most K-5 classroom state standards. Our activities are also adaptable for special education and English language learners.

Collect Data
and Research

Show your district and local community the importance of including movement-based learning in your classroom SEL activities.

SEL Products

Interested in bringing an SEL project to your school?



1) Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) keeps students engaged in school

In early elementary school, children learn how to play and be a good friend. Then, as students go through school, they become less engaged with social-emotional learning. Instead, they focus on academics through standardized testing and following school discipline. “In a national sample of 148,189 sixth to twelfth graders, 29%–45% reported that they had…empathy, decision making, and conflict resolution skills…only 29% indicated that their school provided a caring, encouraging environment” (Benson, 2006).

2) SEL helps students with emotions and relationships

Students need social-emotional learning (SEL) as much as math, writing, or any other subject. SEL “builds children’s skills to recognize and manage their emotions, appreciate the perspectives of others, establish positive goals, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively” (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2003; Lemerise & Arsenio, 2000). Without SEL, students are more likely to be stressed by their academics and, as a result, their relationships with peers, teachers, and parents may suffer.

3) SEL helps students in the future

In many ways, SEL is a valuable skill for life in general. Outside the classroom, SEL skills can affect college completion, job attainment, health, and civic engagement (OECD 2015). This is an important reason why these skills should be introduced at a young age and fostered throughout a child’s education.

4) SEL enhances student confidence through validation

In the classroom, SEL skills help students work better in groups and feel satisfied with their achievements. Later, as students enter high school, they will be more likely to make better life decisions. Learning math through standardized tests does not provide enough interaction. To build the critical SEL skills that will support positive decision making, students need collaborative experiences that help validate their identities and emotions.

5) SEL creates a happy and engaged classroom environment…and a welcoming, collaborative environment fosters SEL development!

Many students learn best in collaboration with teachers, peers, and the encouragement of their families. If teachers and parents create a welcoming, collaborative learning environment, students will improve SEL skills and, as they improve, those skills will reinforce a happy, engaged classroom environment. There are many ways to create this environment. One way is to create a lesson based off of student interests. Another example is to have students work in groups to solve math problems and then reflect on their own and their peers’ social-emotional strengths.

Math & Movement offers engaging learning opportunities for students to work together to create math-movements and to solve math problems and it keeps students connected to their learning. It provides teachers with an easy framework to enhance SEL skills starting in Pre-K and continuing throughout students’ school careers.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *