As a school committed to lifelong learning, our focus begins with social-emotional learning (SEL). Students learn self-awareness, empathy, how to build relationships with others, problem solving skills, and how to overcome obstacles. These skills are key to creating a safe environment for taking intellectual risks, developing the skills to pursue inquiry in small groups or independently, and to reflect on learning and behavior. They are also critical soft skills that will benefit students as they grow and mature.
SEL in K-2
In K-2, our students start building the foundations of social-emotional skills. They learn to identify emotions and build their emotional vocabulary. They are introduced to the idea that emotions come with physical sensations and are encouraged to be aware of where they feel emotions within their bodies. Coping skills modeled and the concept of having an “emotional regulation toolkit” begins to develop. Other important skills, such as turn-taking, joining play, compromising in play, and conflict resolution are presented throughout the year. Opportunities to practice these new skills occur daily, whether it’s at recess, free play, or during academics.
SEL in 3rd-5th
Our 3rd-5th graders build upon the skills they have learned about emotions, from identifying to regulating, and begin to dive deeper. They start questioning what triggers their emotions, and how to manage those situations. They learn that feelings cause actions which then have consequences that can be positive or negative. Students explore peer pressure, bullying, perspective taking, and accountability. Diversity and acceptance are examined and discussed. As with our younger cohort, our 3rd-5th graders utilize their new skills throughout the day, with teachers offering support when necessary.