Social-emotional learning in the cooperative learning style
This is an excerpt from Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students-10th Edition by Timothy A. Brusseau,Heather Erwin,Paul W. Darst & Robert P. Pangrazi.
Physical education is an ideal place for students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to establish positive personal traits and relationships with others, learn to manage emotions, and choose responsible and caring actions. Given all the external influences on students from sources such as parents, peers, and social media, the need to focus on the social and emotional aspects of life is crucial. Use of the cooperative learning style addresses important issues that might be affecting your students. For instance, if depression is widespread in your area, this teaching style offers the opportunity to focus on self-awareness and relationship skills. Self-awareness helps the individual understand and acknowledge their feelings, which may assist them in identifying their triggers for anxiety or depression. Relationship skills foster healthy and appropriate interactions with self and others, and learning to understand one’s individual role in a relationship may help students to self-identify triggers. Additionally, exhibiting appropriate relationships with others may help adolescents learn their value and worth, reducing depressive symptoms. If students are struggling to make wise choices about sexual health or drug use, responsible decision making can be a focus when using the cooperative learning style. You can also partner with school counselors or psychologists to generate ideas. Don’t forget to highlight all the research that shows the favorable relationships between physical activity and positive mental health!
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