Eanes ISD

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

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...

The Eanes ISD Counseling Services department has compiled a list of resources for families to utilize during this time. Students, and adults, may also notice an increase in their screen time. It is important to remember to take breaks and be physically active throughout the day.

Empathy is a skill that can be taught, developed, and strengthened like a muscle. It is the ability to feel with and through another person creating an understanding that each person is a unique individual, and not a stereotype of race, gender, class, etc... 

Dr. Leonard emphasized the importance of connecting with our children and talking “about ways to handle stress and to find healthy solutions when faced with adversity.” Self-Management is the ability to adjust and manage one’s behavior. It is an underpinning for resiliency. Self-Management/Resiliency is the Eanes Independent School District focus for the second nine weeks. 

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...

Dr. Leonard has stressed the importance of creating a safe learning environment for all children - an environment that fosters respecting all, caring for each other, communicating in a civil manner, and listening well while always being kind. Cultivating kindness is part of becoming socially aware and of learning to be empathetic...

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. Educating teens about the mindfulness research and the benefits of mindfulness is a way to support teens in developing their own mindful practice. Building autonomy, competence, and connection with our kids develops self-reliant, competent and resilient adults.​​​​​​​

One way to help middle school students learn social skills and relationship-building abilities is to talk about first impressions.

When we “model empathetic behavior” by talking through how we are interpreting and considering the perspective of others, we are helping our teens develop empathy skills.

Helping our teens learn healthy ways to deal with adversity and become resilient is part of our role and responsibility as parents.

Supporting teens in taking acceptable risks and experiencing the natural consequences of their choices allows them the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and errors of judgement.

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.

Resources

Recent Announcements

The Eanes ISD Counseling Services department has compiled a list of resources for families to utilize during this time. Students, and adults, may also notice an increase in their screen time. It is important to remember to take breaks and be physically active throughout the day.

The Eanes-Westlake Speaker Series highlights topics about issues including relationships, depression, study skill tips, internet safety, resiliency, etc. The podcast is available through iTunes, Spotify, or Anchor.

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