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Nelson Mandela's Life was a Lesson in Social and Emotional Learning


With the recent news coverage, web postings, and conversations about the inspiring life that was lived by Rights Activist, Nelson Mandela, the time is ripe to engage students in discussions about social and emotional learning in the context of freedom, forgiveness, and acceptance.  Linking real-world events to SEL lessons is a perfect way to showcase what SEL is, teach essential skills, and demonstrate what the five core SEL skills (self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationships) may look like when they are put into action.  Making these types of real-world connections is a great way to enhance students' critical thinking skills. 

For tips and sample questions for talking to students about the life of Nelson Mandela, check out:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/6-qs-about-the-news-farewell-nelson-mandela/


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