Self-Management is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as the ability to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
Self-Management includes managing stress, the capacity to delay gratification, and feeling motivation and agency to accomplish personal and collective goals.
Self-Management skills as defined by CASEL can be shown through:
- Managing one’s emotions
- Identifying and using stress management strategies
- Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation
- Setting personal and collective goals
- Using planning and organizational skills
- Showing the courage to take initiative
- Demonstrating personal and collective agency
Learning Self-Management skills in the classroom can help children hone and perfect these skills that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. Having kids learn these skills doesn’t only positively affect them, but the entire environment around them.
When kids can put their Self-Management skills into practice not only does their behavior in the classroom improve, but they also gain the ability to manage stress and depression, attitudes about themselves, others, and school.
Self-Management skills can also help improve academic performance, productivity, time spent on tasks, and decrease problem behavior.
While the positive effects of Self-Management are endless, this part of social-emotional learning is worth more than just increased productivity. We experience a lot of things outside of our control and that makes it important to know how to manage ourselves and learn how to deal with stress among other emotions.
Self-Management skills can also include:
- Knowing your strengths and weaknesses
- Being organized
- Prioritizing your physical and mental health
- Eating right and sleeping well
- Time management
The Rock Digi program has multiple lessons that teach students about Self-Management skills. Some of these lessons are, Lesson 8- I’m Alright for grades 2-4 and 5-6. Lesson 4- Anger Management for grades 2-4 and 5-6. Lesson 6- You Can Do It! For grades 2-4 and 5-6. Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 for grades 7-12.