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Social-Emotional Learning: Second Step

This year we are using a social-emotional learning (SEL) program called Second Step in all of our classrooms to teach students skill to help them learn, get along with others, and manage emotions.  The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

  1. Skills for Learning:  Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

  2. Empathy:  Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings.  Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

  3. Emotion Management:  Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

  4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Students participate in lessons lead by their classroom teacher on Wednesdays.  They will also be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons. Home Links are simple, fun activities kids do together with their families.  Our lessons in September are focused on skills for learning, empathy, and respect.