The Importance of Emotional, Social and Physical Education
Today’s educators are tasked with the responsibility of engaging students in learning; helping them perform academically, while also creating an environment of positive thoughts and behaviors. The need for emotional and social education has never been greater, and much of the responsibility falls on educators to teach these important principles. Research shows that social and emotional learning improves student achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, and also significantly improves student attitudes and behavior, while reducing depression and stress (Durlak et al., 2011). Along with the need for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the need for students to be engaged in physical fitness, and to build healthy habits that will have long lasting impacts on their happiness and well-being.