SEL, or Social Emotional Learning, is woven throughout the curriculum and hence the fabric of our community’s culture at Woodside as early as preschool. As our students move through the elementary and middle school grades, the program remains an important focus in the classroom. We believe it's one of the reasons our students not only thrive but also enjoy their time at school.
Maurice Elias, a Psychology Professor at Rutgers University and Director of the university's Social-Emotional Learning Lab, describes SEL as the process through which we learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviors.
Most schools refer to this definition and while most parents would gladly accept their children developing all of those skills, there are even more benefits to SEL instruction in schools including increased academic performance, fewer behavioral problems, less emotional distress, and enhanced prospects for college attendance, employment, civic participation and life-long health.
You can see why the teachers at Woodside embrace SEL throughout our campus notwithstanding the fact that teachers with SEL skills are more likely to display higher job satisfaction as well. Many of our teachers were trained at Nueva’s SEL institute.
Here are some of the many ways that SEL is woven into the curriculum throughout our school:
We all want our children to do their best academically in school. When emotions are brought to the forefront in classrooms, children are more at ease and better able to focus and attend to their studies. Learning how to manage emotions and solve problems are skills we all need throughout life. SEL at Woodside creates better students and better human beings today and tomorrow.
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