I’m Olivia, and I’m a Tour Consultant here at EF Educational Tours. As a former teacher (I taught Italian for four years!), I’ve seen the importance of social-emotional learning firsthand. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, is the process of developing and applying the social and emotional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary for success in school, work, and life. To me, that means learning moments in which students challenge themselves in their way of thinking, step outside their comfort zones, or try something new for the first time.
My favorite times as a teacher were when I observed students having these kinds of social-emotional learning lightbulb moments. They’d be struggling, and then I’d hear them successfully communicate in Italian. The visible joy and pride on their faces at having mastered a new skill—in another language, no less!—is something that made the more difficult parts of teaching worth it, because I knew this confidence would stay with them in other aspects of their lives.