Easy as S-E-L Sage Waelbroeck SEL, or Social and Emotional Learning, is defined by CASEL as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” In layman’s terms, it’s essentially learning how to handle being a creature who has emotions and whose existence requires social interaction. Traditionally, this kind of learning has been left to each individual’s own devices. A child was raised with rules and expectations for [...]
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The D&D Effect Sage Waelbroeck At even our most primitive levels, we humans are storytellers. Primitive humans drew on cave walls, preserving the stories of their day-to-day life. Our religions use parables, or simplistic stories, to impart the wisdom of their most holy persons to their followers. Shakespeare, Homer, and even the unknown author of The Epic of Gilgamesh, have told stories that resonate so deeply across cultures and time that they have survived through hundreds or even thousands of years, still being told in various forms to this day. Which brings us to today’s storytelling phenomenon: Dungeons & Dragons. It’s [...]
The Strength in Making Mistakes by Sage Waelbroeck When an infant is learning to walk and falls on their face, what happens? Inevitably some crying is involved but this is part of the learning experience and ultimately, the mastery of walking. This cycle is repeated but with each time learning small things to improve on such as catching themselves, grabbing onto something else for assistance, or learning to hold their balance while they take a few more steps forward. This is the power of mistakes. We learn from them. In fact, cognitive scientists have found that mistakes improve learning when followed [...]