Social Emotional Learning
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Middle school is a crucial time for developing social and emotional skills that students will carry with them for the rest of their lives! This class is to teach social and emotional skills explicitly to students in special education programming. Listed below are the 5 Social and Emotional Learning competencies practiced in the class. 

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

The five competencies of Social Emotional Learning:

·      Self-Awareness – Recognizing one’s emotions and values as well as one’s strengths and challenges

·      Self-Management – Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one’s goals

·      Social-Awareness – Showing understanding and empathy for others

·      Relationship Skills – Forming positive relationships, working in teams, and dealing effectively with conflict

·      Responsible Decision Making – Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior

General Information:

Classroom Setting:

The setting for this class is designed to be a small group so that all needs can be met for each student. The class has one to two Special Education Assistants (SEAs) present to assist in meeting the needs of each student. In this class, students learn through playing games together to promote positive social skills, completing social challenges that promote teamwork and respect for one another, discussing daily dillemas to aide in responsible decision making skills, practicing mindfulness to be less reactive and more reflective, and much more.

Homework:

There will be NO homework in this class, as social and emotional skills are practiced with others or naturally throughout class time activities. Grades will be based on student participation and assignment completion during class time.

Communication:

A progress report will be sent home each grading period that will update you on how your child is progressing in the class, along with their IEP goal and objective progress notes. Grades will be updated weekly and will be based on participation in class. Email or phone is a great way to get into contact with me.