Teachers’ perceptions and practices regarding Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies
As many as 20% of students suffer from anxiety in educational settings. When social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies are well understood by teachers and taught effectively, these competencies are internalized and used by students to reduce their levels of anxiety. In order for teachers to teach these competencies most effectively, it is important to learn and acknowledge what their personal attitudes and beliefs are regarding SEL, as well as their perceptions of the use of SEL programs in the classroom, their confidence in teaching SEL programs, and the feasibility of SEL programs. Yukon teachers who participated in this survey were asked to provide information surrounding factors that could support continual implementation of an SEL program, as it is critical to understand what motivates teachers to continue using a program. The purpose of this study is to provide recommendations that can create a culture of supporting and promoting teaching of SEL competencies to lower student anxiety.