4 principles of social-emotional health

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?

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