Young Adult Library Services Winter 2019 focuses on social emotional learning (SEL) and has several great articles. If you aren’t as familiar with SEL, “Reading Between the Lines of Social and Emotional Learning,” by Jessica Newman and Deborah Moroney, is the a good place to start (pages 16-21).
“5 Ways to Incorporate SEL at Your Library: Supporting Multi-dimensional Learning,” by Kathleen Houlihan (pages 22-25), provides some practical suggestions–most are free/low-cost and relatively easy to implement. Additionally, two of the five ways to incorporate SEL align with the research on effective communication about teen services discussed on this blog last month.
- Describe program outcomes to adults using SEL
- Adult stakeholders need to understand the value of your program in terms of teen development, including social emotional development.
- A handy chart connecting library programs to SEL facets is included in the article.
- Describe program outcomes to teens using SEL
- Idea: Create and distribute certificates for teen who complete programs at your library that list the skills they learned.
- Telling teens explicitly what they learn helps them identify and communicate their strengths and skills.
- It also “empowers teens to explain the value of their participation in activities to parents who may see it as just something ‘fun’ to do.”
- Talk about failure (yours, not theirs)
- “If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ll know that youth in the United States have a serious lack of confidence in their abilities.”
- Teens need adults to talk about their own failures and model failure–what happened when we failed, what did we do about it, how did we feel about it, and what did we learn.
- Why you are awesome
- Give kids specific compliments to help them identify their strengths.
- No: You’re awesome.
- Yes: Wow, you’re tenacious! You stuck with the activity, trying several different approaches until you found one that worked.
- Create space for teen leaders at your library
- Teen Library Council
- Teen volunteer programs