Social Emotional Learning
Emotions are fundamental and foundational to understanding the human experience and integral to maintaining healthy relationships and community. Emotions drive curiosity, creativity, and decision-making, which all promote optimal learning. At AVS, young learners practice how to recognize, understand, label, and express emotions with care and
concern. This practice of developing emotional intelligence (EQ) and literacy supports students to build positive relationships, make helpful choices, and act responsibly.
The three habits that students are continuously asked to practice as caring and contributing community members are be respectful, be kind, and be proud. These “three be’s” of behavior are routinely and playfully highlighted with kindness cape, respectacles, and proud pins during school-wide weekly Friday Morning Meetings, which center on social and emotional learning.
Learners develop their EQ skills through the use of a common language (e.g., three be’s), shared tools (e.g., mindfulness), and modeling (e.g., restorative justice). These practices are demonstrated regularly during weekly morning meetings, classroom conversations, and recess conflict resolution training. For instance, when a conflict arises at recess, students learn to take the peace path course of action to restore their relationship, such as using I- statements to take responsibility and express needs, listening to each other without interrupting, and apologizing for any wrongdoing.
Overall, the students are guided to develop the following social and emotional skills:
● Emotional literacy by using coping strategies that name feelings, navigate frustrations appropriately, and practice positive communication skills.
● Empathy and compassion by taking the perspective of others.
● Personal responsibility by using I-statements and being aware of one’s actions.
● Collaboration by cooperating during work and play as well as continuously striving together to resolve conflict. Empowering the learners with this knowledge, attitudes, and skills support the actualization of the school’s vision each day to be a rigorous, safe, and innovative learning environment.