Eanes ISD

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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SEL Focus: Model and teach healthy relationships

First Nine-Weeks Focus: Relationship Skills

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Each year gives students, teachers, and parents the opportunity to create new relationships and make new friends. CASEL 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/) This skill is perhaps needed even more today because of our global community.

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. Talk about differences and why certain groups of people may have stereotypical roles.

At the end of the day, it is about being kind and respectful to others. Perhaps Mr. Rogers said it best when he stated: “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.” -Fred Rogers


Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

 

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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...

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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