SEL in the math classroom

When I was a teacher, I did my best to integrate new learning into my teaching so I didn’t always feel like I had to do “one more thing.”  At some point this year, you probably have heard about or were involved in professional learning around Social Emotional Learning or SEL in your school. Along with your awareness or learning may have come the expectation of adding this to your day.  


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You may have a type of daily classroom meeting time such as a morning meeting, circle time, etc., in the elementary setting in which SEL fits in nicely to teach SEL skills in isolation. But what if you don’t or you teach at the secondary level where you have students for only 42 instructional minutes? How can students practice applying SEL within content? Our Standards for Mathematical Practice offer entry points of integrating SEL into the math classroom such as engaging students in mathematical discourse to build strong relationships and communication skills with their peers while at the same time constructing viable arguments and learning to critique the reasoning of others. Students build social awareness of peers by having the opportunity to listen to each others’ reasoning and then consider their own self-awareness of the content and change their own course of action through their self-management of their perseverance. 

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin has excellent resources such as their connection table between the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Social Emotional Competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). 

If you would like to know more about SEL, the CASEL website offers information on their five SEL competencies and resources for integration into classrooms. 

Contact your Central Rivers AEA Math Consultant for more information on integrating SEL into your math classroom. 




Amie SmithAmie Smith is a Central Rivers AEA Math Consultant serving the Northeast Sector. Reach out to her or any one of our consultants for support with math. 





Central Rivers AEA Math Consultants

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