• SEL 1 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

    What is SEL?

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of how children (and adults) learn, acquire, and apply skills like understanding and managing emotions, setting and working toward positive goals, problem solving, empathy, cooperation, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and healthy and responsible decisions.


    The 5 Competencies of SEL:


    The ability to know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”


    The ability to effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.

    Social awareness

    The ability to understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

    Relationship skills

    The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

    Responsible decision making   

    The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.


    Why SEL?

    Why Social and Emotional Learning is Essential for Students -- Article from Edutopia

    Benefits of SEL 2

    SEL at Marlborough High School

    The Social and Emotional Learning Committee (SELC) at Marlborough High School works to develop and implement social and emotional learning strategies and interventions. The committee is comprised of members serving a variety of roles within the building including teachers, counselors, psychologists, administrators and nurses. New members are always welcome. Interested in joining? Click here for our meeting schedule.



    Mindfulness is our ability to be aware of what is going on both inside us and around us. It is our awareness of our bodies, emotions, and thoughts.

    A primary focus of the SELC has been enhancing the mindfulness practice of students and teachers alike. This begins in the morning by encouraging everyone to take part in a “mindful moment of silence” in preparation for the demands of the day ahead. We also encourage the implementation of mindfulness strategies within the classroom throughout the school day and offer support to any teacher looking to enhance their knowledge and practice in this area.


    Looking for ideas? Try these mindfulness activities:

    Grounding Exercises

    Mindful Games

    “I Haven’t got a Minute”

    The Raisin Exercise

    The Body Scan

    Mindful Seeing

    Mindful Listening

    The Mini-Mindfulness Exercise

    Mindful Posing

    The Mindful Jar


    Let’s Go on a Picnic

    I Went to the Store

    Sound Toss