Eanes ISD

Elementary (Grades K-5)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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Modeling and Teaching Relationships Skills in 2020

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!  Even though the start of this school year is unlike any we have had before, we begin like we always have by fostering, modeling, and teaching relationship skills.  This teaching happens in the classroom, whether remote or in person, as well as in the home.  As we navigate uncharted territory for the start of the 2020-21 school year, teaching relationship skills and connecting with family members, friends, and teachers may be more important now than ever before.

Building healthy relationships is one of the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  It is a crucial part of the SEL curriculum in Eanes ISD and is a district focus during the first nine weeks of each school year.  CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) defines relationship skills as “the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups [and] the ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflicts constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.” (https://casel.org/core-competencies/)

One of the main elements of this definition is building “healthy relationships with diverse individuals.”   Part of the work of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) is to bring about an awareness and understanding of our similarities and differences.  Together, we play an important role in this by modeling what it means to be kind and respectful of each other.  Our children truly are our greatest investment in the future, and they are watching what we do as much or more than what we say.  As Dr. Leonard has reminded us when citing one of his favorite individuals, Mr. Rogers: "There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."

Guest Contributor:
Brad Corbett
Special Education Teacher, Forest Trail Elementary

Additional Resources:
Social and Emotional Learning: Strategies for Parents
Tips on Helping Your Child Build Relationships
How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

 

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Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!  Even though the start of this school year is unlike any we have had before, we begin like we always have by fostering, modeling, and teaching relationship skills.  This teaching happens in the classroom, whether remote or in person, as well as in the home.  As we navigate uncharted territory for the start of the 2020-21 school year, teaching relationship skills and connecting with family members, friends, and teachers may be more important now than ever before.

Throughout the school year, we have been sending information related to the five SEL competencies. This will be our final message for this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has given everyone in our community the challenge of practicing our resiliency skills as we have had to shift our idea of what is “normal” and of what we can expect to happen...

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As responsible parents, educators and leaders, it is our obligation to try to model and teach healthy relationship skills. Teaching tolerance and encouraging our children to develop good relationships with others who may not share their exact values or beliefs is critical to their development and success. One way to help our children is to “seize teachable moments” when reading a book or watching TV...

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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.

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"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.