Social and Emotional Learning

Research shows that success in school has less to do with intelligence and more to do with strong social/emotional skills. As the brain's primary function is to ensure safety and basic needs, higher level learning that takes place in school is most accessible to those who feel safe. Strong social/emotional skills help students learn to meet those basic needs through skills such as self-advocacy, problem-solving, conflict resolution and self-care.

Social and Emotional Learning is incorporated daily into children's learning at school. Classroom teachers emphasize the importance of eating well, getting enough sleep, and basic friendship skills. At Clear Sky, Social and Emotional learning is further emphasized through the use of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports and Restorative Approaches to discipline. Ultimately, students at Clear Sky are praised for showing positive behavior and are taught that they have the power to repair relationships and restore their community in the event of negative behaviors.

The School Psychologist contributes to Social and Emotional learning by leading restorative circles in classrooms, teaching whole-class lessons related to a social topic, and conducting small group interventions pertaining to social skills and school survival skills.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Celebrated Authors:
In his book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman discusses the idea of EQ and why it may matter more than IQ. Click here for an animated book summary.

In Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby, Dr. John Medina discusses brain development and functioning from a scientific perspective and reveals how to create the best environment to nurture the nature-part of the brain. These books incorporate the latest scientific research, but presents the information in a friendly, comedic, and understandable manner. Click here for more information and resources.