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SEL Focus: Teaching teens resilience and reflection

Teaching children resilience (Self-Management) and reflection (Self-Awareness) are the SEL topics for the second nine weeks.

According to the Resilience Research Centre led by Dr. Michael Ungar of Dalhousie University in Canada, teaching our youth resilience can be equated to the metaphor of a tree. Trees need things from their environment to grow healthy and strong just as our youth depend on their environment to develop and mature. We gain resiliency through a strong, supportive system that helps us thrive in adverse circumstances.

Watch on the short video from the Resilience Research to see a more comprehensive analysis of the importance of resiliency in our youth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od5a20mXDw4
 

Self-Awareness makes it possible for teens to make decisions, plan for the future and understand their own emotions. “Research has shown that a high self-awareness score is a crucial predictor of overall success.” One way to support your teen in becoming self-aware is to help your teen slow down, pause, and take time to self-reflect. It could be as simple as taking a walk outside, or quietly sitting alone. “Though it may appear we’re doing nothing, we are consciously and subconsciously processing information and getting closer to our true selves.”

6 Tips to Support Self-Awareness Development in Teens” by Nobel Coaching
 

 

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Teaching our youth resilience can be equated to the metaphor of a tree. Trees need things from their environment to grow healthy and strong just as our youth depend on their environment to develop and mature. Self-Awareness makes it possible for teens to make decisions, plan for the future and understand their own emotions...

As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, students are getting to know new teachers and new classmates. As parents and educators, our wish is for our teens to build strong positive relationships with the adults and peers they encounter. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps students...

One way to support your teen in growing into a successful adult is to teach responsible decision making.

Empathy is being able to understand and value someone else’s perspective and having compassion for others even when they are different from ourselves.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus highlights self-awareness and self-management. Part of being self-aware is knowing one’s own interests, values, and skills. Building autonomy, competence, and connection with our kids develops self-reliant, competent and resilient adults.

Practicing these skills with your teen can help them better-understand the intricacies of social interactions and relationships

In order to help your Chap practice better self-regulation skills and become more self-aware, "discuss ways to prioritize and sequence" electronic communication.

"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier."

Children learn self-management skills and resiliency by having the opportunity to think for themselves.

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