It is well-known that schools are training grounds for more than just content. In fact, I would argue that some of the most important learning children do is not related to academic content at all. It is the stuff of relationships, manners, conflict-resolution, community involvement, etc. It is the often unscripted curriculum that happens every moment with often unpredictable timing and depth.
At a recent conference a fellow participant shared what she and her school have identified as the 4 core tenents of social-emotional health. They explicitly instruct, practice, and assess these skills. They are:
1. Self Awareness
2. Self Management
3. Awareness of Others
4. Management of Relationships
Everyone of any age is somewhere on the spectrum of developing competency in these 4 skills. Where are the children you teach? Where is your school? Where are you?