Eanes ISD

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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Building Self-Awareness and Self-Management Skills in 2020

The second nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year is upon us, and what a ride it’s been up until this point.  From the time we went into Remote Learning last March until now, parents, students, and Eanes ISD staff have had to roll with the punches. We were all required to reflect on our values and to build grit.  Reflection and resiliency are skills that we as parents and educators want to build within our students and ourselves.  We want our children to be reflective so that they can learn from their failures.  We want our children to be resilient so that they can learn to solve their own problems and pick themselves back up when they fail.  Reflection is a form of self-awareness, and resiliency is derived from self-management.
 
Self-Awareness and Self-Management are two of the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  Both of these competencies are the focus during the second nine weeks of the school year.  CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) defines Self-Awareness as “the ability to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts.”  CASEL defines Self-Management as “the ability to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.” (https://casel.org/core-competencies/
            
To be healthy, we need to know ourselves well enough to know when we need a break.  Self-care is critical in supporting our ability to be resilient in the face of challenges and adversity.  Some stressors are unavoidable, but a healthy balance of hard work and self-care will give all of us a better chance for success.  As we enter this hectic time of the year, we hope that you will find that balance of doing a job well while also enjoying the gift of time with each other.

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

For additional resources, please see links below:
What is Self-Awareness and How Do You Get It
Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers
Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself
 

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The second nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year is upon us, and what a ride it’s been up until this point.  From the time we went into Remote Learning last March until now, parents, students, and Eanes ISD staff have had to roll with the punches. We were all required to reflect on our values and to build grit.  Reflection and resiliency are skills that we as parents and educators want to build within our students and ourselves. We want our children to be...

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.

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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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