March Counseling Newsletter
|The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is an organization that defines and lays out five core competencies for social-emotional learning. These competencies help build children's capacity to deal with life's challenges in an effective and productive manner. Below I have outlined each competency and the skills associated with each one. Here at CMP, students are able to build skills related to these five competencies through the Second Step social-emotional curriculum.
- Self-Awareness: The ability to understand your own thoughts and emotions, including how they influence your behavior. This also includes recognizing strengths and weaknesses.
- Self-Management: Learning how to manage emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in a variety of situations (Examples: impulse control, stress management, and goal setting).
- Social Awareness: Being able to understand the perspectives of others by showing empathy and compassion, as well as respect and appreciation for diversity.
- Relationship Skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships with others--collaboration, communication, conflict resolution, and listening.
- Responsible Decision-Making: Recognizing consequences of personal choice, decisions, and interactions for the most beneficial outcome.
In order to continue to support your child's social-emotional development in these five areas, I have attached daily discussion topics and independent activities that your child can do on their own or with the help of an adult or older sibling. Each day of the week focuses on one of the five competencies mentioned above. Please feel free to pick and choose discussion topics and activities that sound good to you, or print it out and put it on the fridge for the whole family. Daily discussions like these let your child know it's okay to experience strong feelings and that you are there to support them.
If you'd like additional information about the five competencies, please visit the CASEL website, here.
|March SEL Lessons
K/1: Fair Ways to Play; Inviting to Join In; Handling Name Calling
2/3: Solving Classroom Problems; Solving Peer-Exclusion Problems; Dealing with Negative Peer Pressure
Upper El: Bystanders to Cyber Bullying; Solving Problems: Part 1; Solving Problems: Part 2
Middle School: Finding the Best Solution; Making Things Right; Unhealthy Relationships
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