• Social Emotional Learning

    Mental Health Resources for Schools

    What is Social Emotional Learning?
    According to CASEL, “Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

    Benefits of Mindfulness for Kids

    Studies show that the benefits of mindfulness for kids may include:

    1. Increased focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation, compassion.
      2. Improved academic performance, ability to resolve conflict, overall well-being.
      3. Decreased levels of stress, depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior.

    What is Mindfulness?

    Mindfulness is essentially noticing yourself, nature, the people and world around you.  I encourage you to pause for a moment and notice something simple each day.  Stop and concentrate for 30 seconds on your breathing, then continue on your day.  Notice if there is a change in your outlook after you concentrate on your breathing. Repeat as many times as needed throughout the day and take note of what you notice each time you stop to breath. 

    As parents we’ve heard the quote, “Mind over matter.”  Now we know that our breath controls the mind.  If we harness our breath and practice controlling it as we feel emotional (nervous, anxious, sad, etc.) we can take control of our mind and thoughts as we feel any number of emotions.  Breath allows the brain to go from an unsettled state to a calm state of mind.  A calm state of mind that allows us to think clearly and make rational decisions. Today, studies show that breathing exercises can actually improve cognitive function, encourage positive thought processes, and reduce symptoms of anxiety. 


    Indiana SEL Competencies/Employability Skills
    What are appropriate SEL behaviors by grade band? The links below are created by the Indiana Department of Education.  Each grade level band is split into 7 areas.  Those areas are mindset, critical thinking, insight, sensory-motor integration, regulation, connection, and collaboration.  The IDOE has given a description of the competency as well as strategies that correspond to the competency.  By all means, these areas can be used at home as well as in school.  Daily practice of the IDOE Social Emotional Competencies will take place within our buildings throughout the school year.