At BCCS we believe in teaching the WHOLE child.
Social emotional learning at Brighter Choice Community School is infused through out the children’s day & month. Here are list of some activities we do at BCCS:
- Community Circle every Mondays:
What is SEL?
- Self-awareness – accurately assessing one’s feelings, interests, values, and strengths; maintaining a well-grounded sense of self-confidence
- Self-management – regulating one’s emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles; setting and monitoring progress toward personal and academic goals; expressing emotions appropriately
- Social awareness – being able to take the perspective of and empathize with others; recognizing and appreciating individual and group similarities and differences; recognizing and using family, school, and community resources
- Relationship skills – establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing, and resolving interpersonal conflict; seeking help when needed
- Responsible decision-making – making decisions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and likely consequences of various actions; applying decision-making skills to academic and social situations; contributing to the well-being of one’s school and community
With regard to self-awareness, children in the elementary grades should be able to recognize and accurately label simple emotions such as sadness, anger, and happiness.
With regard to self-management, elementary school children are expected to describe the steps of setting and working toward goals.
In the area of social awareness, elementary school students should be able to identify verbal, physical, and situational cues indicating how others feel.
In the area of relationship skills, in elementary school, students should have an ability to describe approaches to making and keeping friends.
Finally, with regard to responsible decision-making, elementary school students should be able to identify a range of decisions they make at school.
What are the benefits of SEL?
Schools that create socially and emotionally sound learning and working environments, and that help students and staff develop greater social and emotional competence, in turn help ensure positive short and long-term academic and personal outcomes for students, and higher levels of teaching and work satisfaction for staff.
SEL improves students’ positive behavior and reduces negative behavior. It promotes young people’s academic success, health, and well-being at the same time that it prevents a variety of problems such as alcohol and drug use, violence, truancy, and bullying.
A large body of scientific research has determined that effective SEL in schools significantly improves students’ social-emotional skills, attitudes about self and others and social interactions. It also decreases their levels of emotional distress and conduct problems.
SEL is associated with significant improvements in students’ academic performance and attitudes toward school. A landmark review found that students who receive SEL instruction had more positive attitudes about school and improved an average of 11 percentile points on standardized achievement tests compared to students who did not receive such instruction.
SEL prepares young people for success in adulthood. SEL helps students become good communicators, cooperative members of a team, effective leaders, and caring, concerned members of their communities.
It teaches them how to set and achieve goals and how to persist in the face of challenges. These are precisely the skills that today’s employers consider important for the workforce of the future.
(Excerpt from CASEL.org)