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Zeynep Oğul & Sena Elibal İçuz: Social-Emotional Learning, a Prerequisite to Wellbeing in Classroom

The World Health Organization defines wellbeing as “a state in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. With this definition, it is reasonable to state that only with sustained wellbeing can an individual feel fulfilment and satisfaction in life.

In this workshop, the two presenters are going to start by referring to the literature to set the frame and then highlight the significance of social-emotional learning as the basis for the wellbeing state. Then, in an interactive fashion, the presenters are going to raise awareness about how essential social-emotional learning is in an attempt to promote wellbeing practices in the classroom. Finally, a list of useful tips to set a social-emotional learning setting, thus the basis for wellbeing in the classroom is going to be deduced together with the audience with the implicit message that to foster mass academic growth, there is urgent need for widespread practices such as embedding social-emotional learning objectives to the curriculum rather than addressing to day-to-day wellbeing needs of the individuals.

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