Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Today’s Quality PE

Improve Motor Skills and Behavior with SEL While Teaching In-Person PE

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This has been my favorite online PD ever because of the way it was broken up into chunks and I didn't have to do it all at once. If I had to change one thing, it would be more SEL lessons.- Beth G.

I thought this was an amazing course with lots of useful information. Thank you for taking the time to create it and allowing us to further our education as teachers! - Kelley H.

I have sat through many, many hours of continuing ed. offered by our school throughout the years and although it's good, it was so refreshing to receive continuing ed. hours that I will use in my subject area. My biggest takeaway is that SEL does really need to be integrated into every lesson. We spend more time discussing it in our bigger units and talk about good sportsmanship but SEL is so much more than that. Teaching good character skills should be taught every day we have contact with these students. I don't know if I would change anything. I really enjoyed this module and will be looking for more offered by you. - Jen W.

Thank you for offering a great course. I've taken a few of these, and the format Benna used, along with her conversational, constructive feedback was spot on. I appreciate the affordability too, as I paid for this one myself! - Maria M

The biggest take away from this course is to be more present and make sure that I am constantly including SEL daily in my class and along with my lesson planning. I want to always make sure that my students are in a positive environment and that the lessons are appropriate for their SEL. I would like to leave an impact on my students about being positive and kind to one another! Thank you for a great course, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot!!

AMAZING!! Thank you! I feel much more confident and educated in SEL and look forward to implementing these strategies in the upcoming academic year! Kayla K.

I loved everything about this course. It was informational and meaningful and pertained to physical education. It did not take too long to complete and I could complete at my own pace as my time allowed. One of the biggest take aways, from this course was the Ted Talk! I have been teaching for a long time, and try to stay current with the ever changing needs of our students. Listening to how students needs are changing, and that pictures and other visuals are good for future "I generation students" was beneficial. I also love the lesson planning and intentionally ways to work SEL into any lesson and including those pieces in my lesson plans. - Angie F.

This course will take approximately 5 hours to complete. If you have any questions about the course, please email us at "[email protected]".

Target Audience:

This course has been designed for K-12 physical education teachers who want to 1) improve their class and student behavior management abilities, 2) improve teaching methods that directly impact student learning, and 3) enhance students’ abilities to reach their potential by improving their social and emotional skills.

Course Purpose/Objectives:

The course explores and demonstrates practical ways to integrate essential social and emotional skills into everyday physical education lesson activities. Objectives include analyzing the vital importance that social and emotional skills play in providing the foundation for all learning. Discover innovative, practical methods to equip students to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions in ways that result in healthier, more productive learning opportunities for themselves and others.

Understand foundational social & emotional skills and why these skills are critical in supporting all other learning, including physical and health skills.

Learn how to improve the quality and depth of physical education lessons through effective class management – the WHAT and HOW of managing student behavior and learning.

Understand the importance of 3 domains of students learning – think/feel/do – and how the domains align with social and emotional skills to improve motor learning.

Increase abilities to prepare and deliver quality student-centered physical education lessons that include 3 domains of learning and social and emotional skills that work in all school PE programs.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, users will be able to:

1. Identify 5 SEL competencies and how they align with quality PE.

2. Explain 2 iGen characteristics and how to address in a quality PE activity.

3. Describe 2 SEL strategies for enhancing class management and positive student behavior.

4. Identify 2 ways SEL fits into the 3 domains of learning in ways that improve students’ learning experience.

5. Develop lesson objectives in 3 domains as part of a detailed lesson plan that include observable/measurable SEL skills.

Course Description:

Strong social and emotional skills equip students to reach their full potential in whatever they decide to do. However, often these skills are not a primary focus or are absent altogether in the educational process, including physical education. The absence of intentional SEL in quality PE could be happening for a variety of reasons, such as lack of time and/or knowledge on how to effectively include them in regular PE lessons. This course takes students through engaging content that demonstrates practical, easy ways to include social and emotional skills within movement activity lessons while improving learning and overall student behavior and class management. The strategies explained during the course are a framework to guide teachers in helping today’s students acquire the social and emotional skills they need to increase positive thinking and emotions, problem-solve, think critically, and take responsibility in PE, and in all areas of their lives.

Course Time to Complete:

  • 5 hours


This course addresses the following standards:

Source: SHAPE America National Standards

Physical Education – The physically literate individual:

Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2: Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5: Recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Health – Students will demonstrate the ability to:

Standard 4: Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 5: Use decision-making skills to enhance health.

Standard 6: Use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Standard 7: Practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 8: Advocate for personal, family, and community health.

Your Instructor

Benna Cail
Benna Cail

Benna Cail is an award-winning curriculum writer, professional development facilitator, and education industry strategist. Benna aims to bring out the ROCK-STAR in every educator! She helps educators develop and organize plans, teaching methods, and learning outcomes in ways that bring out the best in their students. Her unique approach includes equipping teachers with the skills needed to overcome everyday challenges while maintaining dynamic, student-centered teaching and learning practices. In addition, Benna consults with for-profit and not-for-profit companies that produce products, programs, and services for schools.

Benna’s experience in education spans over 25 years. Starting out as an elementary physical educator, she taught in at-risk schools as well as in public and private education. Benna also served on committees tasked with developing physical education curriculum and training. Through these efforts she was twice awarded by the Disney company for her innovative physical education programs. She then took an opportunity to build and establish a community-wide youth sports program which led to being sought after by The First Tee, a youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its values to kids.

Due to her extensive background in physical education, Benna served as director of curriculum and training development for The First Tee. She was responsible for pioneering the creation, pilot, and nation-wide implementation of The First Tee’s elementary physical education program: The First Tee National School Program. This first-of-its-kind P.E. program amassed a reach that enabled The First Tee to impact of over 10,000,000 kids. When she left The First Tee, her program had impacted over 15,000 physical educators in 10,000 elementary schools across the United States. Benna attributes her work with thousands of physical educators from across the country as an invaluable experience and one that informs and benefits her work to this day.

Benna is solution-focused and draws from her years of experience and expertise to enhance the work of educators dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of their students.

Course Curriculum

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