In BellXcel Remote, social emotional learning (SEL) helps scholars form healthy relationships, build self-confidence, resolve disagreements, and interact with people of different backgrounds and experiences. While it may seem that these skills are separate from reading, writing, and math, they are not. Children who are able to manage their stress and emotions are free to engage with their academic learning. And, because all learning takes place in the context of human relationships, being able to build and maintain positive relationships is a crucial skill.
Studies have shown that scholars benefit from SEL in the following ways:
If you’re thinking SEL skills would also be useful in your home and in your neighborhood, you’re right! Everyone in your household can develop these skills and apply them in their everyday lives. It’s important for older family members to model the skills for scholars, too.
What Core Skills Make Up SEL?
BellXcel focuses on six core SEL skills, shown in this diagram.
You’ll learn more about each of these skills as you and your scholar complete SEL activities that are part of BellXcel Remote. But one of them, growth mindset, is worth previewing because it is so important for family members as well as for scholars.
What Is Growth Mindset?
Imagine two students faced with a problem that is slightly too hard for them. One student freezes, thinking that failing to solve the problem will mean they are not smart. The other student feels excited by the challenge and is ready to work on the problem until it is solved.
The first student probably has what is called a “fixed mindset.” People with this mindset think each person is born with certain abilities and talents that stay basically the same throughout life. A fixed mindset often leads people to avoid challenges because they don’t want to fail and feel embarrassed.
The second student has a “growth mindset.” People with this mindset see themselves getting better and smarter all the time through effort. They take on difficult tasks, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. Because they believe they can get smarter, they do the things that will, in fact, make them smarter.
Developing a growth mindset allows children to reach their full potential—and to enjoy the learning process along the way. The growth mindset is also important for the adults in their lives. As your scholar begins their journey with BellXcel Remote, remember that challenges and mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. Help your scholar approach difficult tasks with a sense of adventure and optimism.