Three ways to learn SEEL
Teachers can learn to use SEEL on their own; however, many find it easier to learn through collaboration. Teachers new to SEEL learn by observing, trying things out, receiving feedback, and continuously improving in a professional learning collaboration with other beginners as well as with those who have already received instruction and experience.
1. Individual study from this website
Teachers can study the principles, watch the demonstration videos, and download teaching activities from the SEEL database for learning targets they select. Some may want to follow the SEEL curriculum; others may choose activities that align with their school’s requirements. Teachers may videotape their own SEEL lessons and send them to SEEL staff for feedback.
2. A SEEL professional learning event
When feasible, teachers may learn by joining in lesson rehearsal activities, in which SEEL staff demonstrate teaching approaches and participants rehearse and present lessons to peers. Teachers and the SEEL team work together to review and improve on the teaching demonstration in a collaborative, friendly interaction. Lessons are then co-taught in the classroom.
3. Collaboration with a grade level team
Teachers can learn SEEL by collaborating within their teams using lesson study. The SEEL methods are demonstrated on videos. Then teachers select and plan SEEL activities downloaded from the database. Grade level team members observe each other and provide feedback, striving for continuous improvement of the lessons with the goal of substantially improving student learning outcomes.
A checklist for effectively applying SEEL
- I am making instruction meaningful by using an engaging theme, a motivating book, or a student interest as I teach target skills.
- I am increasing the number of student on-task responses to the target skill through playful practice and instructional conversations.
- I am purposefully using non-traditional instruction times such as transitions, snack time, and start- and end-of-day interactions.
- I am talking with my grade level team about making lessons effective, and we participate in lesson study together.
- I am systematically assessing the performance of each child and providing additional support to ensure learning.