In the parent coffee we discussed how social emotional learning (SEL) is embedded in the middle school curriculum. One place we regularly teach SEL skills is in advisory. You can see what your children learned about in August and what is coming up in September.
In August, sixth grade advisory focused on the CASEL competency of relationship skills by making connections, building community, and learning about being responsive. We practiced being responsive in conversations by being active listeners. We practiced showing genuine interest, and amplifying the conversation. You may ask your child to explain how they might amplify the conversation when someone shares good news.
In September, we will begin focusing on self-awareness and developing a growth mindset which can positively impact achievement. We want students to understand that welcoming challenges, persevering when obstacles arise, and consistent effort lead to higher achievement.
In early August, seventh grade advisory focused on the CASEL competency of relationship skills and our SAS core value of respect through conversations and activities. In addition, we introduced the Social and Emotional Learning Competencies and our Advisory structure. As a transition, at the end of August we focused on building community and giving students a voice in how or what our Advisories will look like for the 2021-22 school year. In September, we will focus specifically on building community and a sense of belonging using collaborative activities through the self-management and social awareness lenses.
In August, eighth grade advisory focused on the CASEL competency of relationship skills through activities centered around sharing information about our identity such as the Story of My Name and the question game, Who Am I? We also worked on self-management skills through learning how we can get the most out of GMail, Google Calendar, and the Finder app for productivity.
In September, we will begin focusing on self-awareness through understanding how we best learn. We'll start by debunking learning styles and exploring our identity through lessons around race, ethnicity, and nationality and social vs. personal identity.