04 May Social Emotional Learning
In addition to being happy and academically successful, parents strive to raise empathetic and emotionally aware young adults. Our social/emotional curriculum differentiates a Seven Arrows education. Implementing a rigorous social/emotional learning program is not an easy task. It should present students myriad opportunities for reflection and learning that are both cross-curricular (can take place in any class) and constant. Because of its nature, most social/emotional learning occur during class transitions and moments of less structure such as recess and lunch. Our teachers and administrators make a point to address social/emotional conflicts as they arise because it is important for students to fully reflect on and register their feelings so that they can move forward with enhanced social/emotional awareness.
In addition to reactionary social/emotional conflict resolution, it is important to have preventive practices in place as well. Our Council program is designed to help students stretch their awareness and equip them with tools to take on personal challenges in a reflective, productive and mature way. The topics in Council vary from grade to grade and increase in age-appropriate complexity, varying from “what does it mean to be a good friend?” in kindergarten, to “what skills and strengths do you have and how will these help you entering middle school?”
Social Emotional Learning (SEL), in order to be really effective, has to be implemented through strategic routines. Weekly Council meetings help Seven Arrows students be conscious of their feelings and increase their ability to sympathize and empathize with others who may process situations and emotions differently. Brain Games, SPARK exercises, and classroom structures such as kindergarten’s “talk it out corner” help students be mroe aware of their needs and aid in their expressiveness.
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