Social Emotional Learning at Canyon

At Canyon we believe that it’s not just about reading, writing and math. We know that our students need social-emotional skills to thrive both in the classroom and in life. In order to support our efforts, this year all teachers are implementing Second Step, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program. Children learn social-emotional skills in a variety of ways, including the behavior they see modeled by the adults in their lives. But social-emotional skills and concepts can also be taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught.

The curriculum in this program teachers our students techniques to gain confidence, set goals, make better decisions, collaborate with others in work and play and navigate the world more effectively. SEL concepts provide an extra dimension to education, focusing on improving cooperation, communication, and decision making. In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, SEL gives students a framework for developing these skills.

Schoolwide, we will be focusing on SEL themes throughout the year. Units include Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving. All classrooms are in the midst of the first unit which includes skills such as: Learning to Listen, Focusing Attention, Following Directions, Self-Talk for Staying on Task and Being Assertive.   By learning these tools we believe that our students will be better equipped to manage their own emotions, build positive relationships and be better equipped to learn.

The Second Step Program is designed to help children thrive and be more successful in school—ultimately setting them up to be thoughtful and productive adults. Reinforcing Second Step skills in and out of the classroom, encouraging positive behavior with consistent, common language, and strengthening our efforts to create a safe, supportive environment is a team effort. Working together, we can promote the social, emotional and academic success of our students both at home and at school.