Eanes ISD

Elementary (Grades K-5)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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SEL Focus: Help children build strong positive relationships

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 children to build strong positive relationships with adults and peers. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps students learn skills that will be used in school and life. As a district, EISD has chosen to highlight relationship skills as our SEL focus for the first nine weeks.

Having a friend and feeling included is important. We all have the basic need to feel like we belong and/or are part of the group. As school leaders, we try to build classrooms that support students in feeling like they are part of the classroom community. A positive classroom community fosters the connection and collaboration that improves both a feeling of self-worth and academic achievement.

Parents can support their children in building positive relationships by helping their child work through the ups and downs that can occur within a friendship. Teaching children how to create, preserve, and foster a valuable friendship is a "tremendous skill that will bring lifelong stability in all personal relationships..." (“What Parents Can Do To Support Friendships” by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MS, MS Ed, and Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD.)

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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 children to build strong positive relationships with adults and peers. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps students...

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

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

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus highlights self-awareness and self-management. “There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions,” which is being self-aware.

How to practice social skills and nurture relationship-building abilities with your child in 3rd grade.

When we “make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations,” we are teaching our children how to be empathetic.

Unstructured play time gives children the opportunity to learn how to work with others and how to negotiate with peers.

In order to support your child in learning skills that support self-awareness/reflection, "encourage estimation and prediction skills.

Teaching your children how to play age appropriate games and encouraging play without adult interaction supports children in learning how to self-regulate.

"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.

Social Emotional Learning Competencies
Social Emotional LEarning Competencies