The Whole Child & Social Emotional Learning
At West Hills STEM Academy, we believe in meeting the needs of the Whole Child - which includes not only a student's academic ability, but also their social emotional learning needs.
Social Emotional Learning includes a student's ability to persevere, to problem-solve, and to manage their emotions, among other skills. The skills are commonly known as Soft Skills and are an integral part of becoming successful learners - and successful adults!
Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
Three Key Practices in Every Lesson, Every Day
Welcoming routines and rituals
- Begins at the door and continues throughout the day
- Welcoming students into the classroom each morning
- Providing structures and routines that create an overall welcoming classroom culture
- Engaging students with key SEL practices that build relationships, collaboration, and empowerment
- Being responsive to needs of the brain with "Brain Breaks"
- Supports successful transitions
- Ends the day on a positive note
The Core Competencies in Social Emotional Learning
There are five core SEL competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings. They are:
Self-Awareness - The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
Self-Management - The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
Social Awareness - The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
Relationship Skills - The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
Responsible Decision-Making - The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.