Social Emotional Learning

Developing self-awareness, self​-control and interpersonal skills
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What is SEL?

Social emotional learning is a process through which the individual acquires and effectively uses knowledge, qualifications, ​attitudes and skills necessary for dealing with day-to-day challenges, in order to develop into inquisitive people, able to understand their emotions and those of others. It also enables people to conduct positive interactions with others, to act from internal motivation, to exhibit flexible thinking and to develop the abilities to persist, to regulate emotions and ​behaviour, and to make decisions responsibly. In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in both research and practice of social emotional learning (SEL). Only during the past four years have a half million SEL related scientific studies been published.  In this massive amount of literature, there have been different areas of emphasis, and a variety of definitions and points of view.

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SE​L Competencies

SEL competencies are the abilities to coordinate between cognitive, emotional and ​behavioural processes in order to encourage optimal development, enable achievement of goals, and be successful in a variety of relationships and cultural environments. The CASEL model relates to these competencies as belonging to five main areas, including intrapersonal skills, attitudes and abilities (self-awareness), interpersonal abilities (self-management, social awareness, relationship skills) and responsible and ethical decision-making in personal and social situations (responsible decision making).

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Why is SEL important!

Social emotional competencies are a significant source of resilience throughout one’s
life and in the long term, are linked to academic success and better emotional
and physical health. From the wide-ranging amount of research done on SEL,
there is ample evidence that SEL contributes to the academic, emotional and
social functioning of the student.

Unique Features

Our philosophy at BOHE is underpinned by monitoring, support and early intervention, hence our platform is integrated with various unique functionalities to achieve this. Our vision and mission are to develop students holistically and hence incorporating various online tools to assist students in their educational journey.
Our online learning platform makes it possible for:

• Self-paced learning and hence flexibility
• Better time management
• Self-motivation
• Virtual communication and collaboration
• Broadening perspectives
• Critical thinking skills
• Technical skills 

Journaling

Journal writing ​allows students to take control of their learning and feelings by provoking more contemplation. 

  • Journals assist students in making links between their personal values, the curriculum, and the outside world.
  • Journaling encourages students to express themselves more freely. 
  • It also provides students time to organize their thoughts and prepare responses, which can boost their confidence in class discussions.
  • Teachers use journaling to discover more about their students.
Setting Goals

As part of the students academic journey they need to know where they are at and where they are going. We provide them the tools to determine their academic goals, refine it and encourage them to achieve it. Our goal setting tool allow them to:

  • Determine the various learning levels of students.
  • Establish clear expectations.
  • Maintain student focus and involvement.
Study Schedule

At BOHE we put a high premium on achieving academic goals hence the availability of a study schedule which can be modified to your specific needs. To achieve your academic goals it is important to keep to a study schedule since it:

  • Saves time.
  • Increase student productivity.
  • Reduces stress before exams.
  • Prepare students for long term planning and better test/exam marks.
Time Management Tool

Because their attention is focused and they are not wasting time on distractions (such as social media), effective time management allows students to achieve more in less time. As students cross tasks off their to-do list, efficient time management minimizes stress. Effective time management will allow students to:

  • Set timers
  • Keep a time log
  • Develop checklists
  • Prioritize
  • Learn to say no
Debates

Learning to dispute well has several benefits, including research, thinking, and even public speaking abilities. Debating can prepare you for any problem life may throw at you, from organizing your argument – even if you disagree with it – to carefully picking your words. Here are some of the advantages of debating:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Academic Skills
  • Mental and Emotional Maturity
Booking System

Our unique booking system makes it possible for students to book individual sessions with counsellors. The counsellors can also advise students to book sessions with teachers based on their academic performance.  Her are some of the benefits of our booking system:

  • Access assistance at any time
  • Spend one to one sessions with counsellors
  • Identify certain strengths and weaknesses during these sessions.
Timetable

Each tutor has his/her own timetable where they can schedule sessions for students based on individual needs.  The benefits of having a timetable includes:

  • Detailed work program
  • Fully developed plan of action
  • Structured roadmap for students to follow and prioritize
  • Blu print of their learning goals
Progress Report

At BOHE we put a high premium on performance.  hence we have integrated an automatic system to notify teachers/counsellors of the student's performance in all courses.  The benefits of this include:

  • Counsellors receive weekly notifications on completed activities
  • Counsellors can intervene quickly where problems arise
  • Counsellors have a clear picture of where students are holding

Curricu​lum Outline

Our framework lays the groundwork for counsellors to implement evidence-based SEL initiatives in ways that are relevant to their particular situation. It can be used for a variety of goals and is tailored to the strengths, ​needs and cultures of each community.

Counsellors can establish equitable learning environments and coordinate practices across four essential settings that support students' social, ​emotional and academic development, and foster knowledge, skills and attitudes across five domains of social and emotional competence.

Self-Awareness (Module 1) Social Awareness (Module 4)
1.  Self-esteem – Together let’s learn how to
2.  Build self-esteem and self-awareness
3.  Personal Growth Requires you to change your thinking
4.  Regulating thoughts, emotions and behaviours
5.  End your fear and re-program your future self 
6.  Assertiveness
1.  Teams, communications and influence
2.  Work ethics
3.  Group psychology
4.  Finding empathy for diverse groups of people
5.  Finding support through family, friends, school and community relationships
6.  Persuasion psychology
Assessment Quiz Assessment Quiz
Self-Management Skills (Module 2) Relationship Skills (Module 5)
1.  Stress management
2.  Time management
3.  Studying
4.  Setting goals
1.  Relationships & conflicts
2.  Relationship skills
Responsible Decision Making (Module 3)
1.  Thinking patterns and goal setting
2.  Decision-making – Thoughts, feelings & choices
3.  Learn how to get what you want out of life
4.  Memory recommendations
5.  Master your brain – Is that really possible?

thoughts, feelings and choices

At the end of this course students will be able to manage their stress levels and perform better under stressful circumstances. The course highlights effective stress management mechanisms and incorporates a stress management tool.

Thinking patterns and goal setting

At the end of this course students will be able to know how to train their brains and know the role of their working memory. This course will also prepare students to set goals and show them how to achieve these goals by making use of the goal manager tool. 

assertiveness

End the end of this course students will be able to identify measures to be more assertive.  This course will also teach students ​how to communicate and express themselves more effectively.

RELATIONSHIPS AND CONFLICT

At the end of this course students will be able to identify destructive thoughts and ​feelings and know how to present themselves in relationships effectively.  This course will also teach them about constructive criticism and how body language conveys different messages.

self-estee​m and self awareness

At the end of this course students will be able to ​understand what contributes to a positive self-esteem, and  the role of effort and ​commitment. The course also focuses on willpower and the important role effective journaling plays.

social awareness

At the end of this course students will be able to know ​how to engage in teams effectively and practise sound listening skills. It will also teach them how to communicate effectively and how to develop decision making skills.

BOHE Teaching and Le​arning

How does BOHE teaching and learning ensure that SEL competencies are built into the fibre of the daily teaching and learning?

Self-Awareness

To foster self-awareness we implemented a journal writing solution whereby students are provided space to jot down their feelings and emotions. Academic counsellors set meetings with students to discuss their feelings and emotions and provide them with further support where needed.

Self-Management

To enhance self-management skills, we use a "good habits" section within each course.  ​The good habits section allows students to set academic goals and plan how to achieve these goals.  Teachers can then monitor these self-management plans by accessing individual schemas for progress.

Social Awareness

To foster social awareness we developed a Debate platform in conjunction with forum activities that are linked to our LMS. ​The Debate platform allows students to interact with peers on the same or different topics of interest and to raise their voices.  It also fosters critical thinking, respect for other's opinions and bringing out their own voices.

Relationship Skills

We place a high premium on relationships hence we created space in all our online activities for positive feedback. In conjunction we also have one-on-one sessions where students can book sessions with teachers. Students are encouraged to keep diaries and only the classroom teacher ​has access to show interest in what interests the students. We also have a set structure within all our classes for asynchronous courses and students have a direct line to academic counsellors to report issues.

Decision-Making

Through the forums we provide students with opportunities to identify problems to be solved. Through discussions we also encourage students to gather information and brainstorm solutions.  The live classes also encourage discussions and problem-solving mechanisms. 

Short Courses

Students also have access to a plethora of short courses based on:
Goal Setting
Self Esteem
Building Self Awareness
Stress Management
Time Management
Study Skills
Teamwork
Language Skills

BOHE SEL Curriculum

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