What is Self-Awareness?
The first main skill associated with Social Emotional Learning is self-awareness. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), self-awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values, and how they influence behavior. It is the ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.” In short, self-awareness is the ability to understand one’s self.
What Skills are Associated with Self-Awareness?
In order to be self-aware, one must be able to do the following:
When to Teach Self-Awareness
Psychologist Daniel Goleman suggests that self-awareness is crucial for all levels of success. Therefore, this should be the leading skill in Social Emotional Learning. Before even beginning implementation with students, it is also important to ensure that the adults working with these students have an accurate self-perception of themselves so as to better build these skills with students. When implementation begins with our own self-awareness, we can begin to help students recognize breakdowns in their social emotional skills. This strategy allows educators to better match relevant skill-building activities and strategies with student’s current abilities.
How Does This Connect to Landmark’s Teaching Principles™?
By encouraging students to develop an awareness of themselves, educators include the students in the learning process, which is Landmark’s sixth Teaching Principle™. This self-awareness allows for teachers and students to engage in dialogue about student strengths and areas for improvement, as well as plans for instruction and implementation of strategies. In order for students to improve their self-awareness, it is crucial that they are included in that process. For the full text of Landmark Teaching Principles™, including “Include Student in the Learning Process,” click here.
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