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Social and Emotional Learning

At school, along with the academic subjects, we also teach and report on your child's growth in learning skills and work habits. Their social and emotional abilities can be seen in such areas as self-regulation, collaborate and initiative. It is now well established that social and emotional skills, such as the ability to manage one’s emotions and get along with others, play an integral role in academic and life success. 

"Evidence supporting this statement is illustrated in several recent studies. Students who are provided social and emotional learning programs significantly improved their social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement." Durlak et al. (2011)  

As we are discovering at WPS, by consistently teaching these skills in every learning environment the tone of the school improves and is making an impact on a positive school climate. As research and our own observations have shown us, children who are better able to self-regulate their emotions have greater potential to resolve conflicts and also increase their academic achievement.  We will continue to model and encourage “mindfulness” to support self-regulation with all our students through transition and breathing activities as well as through restorative approaches to resolve conflicts.  

It is also clear that the positive and calm manner in which adults interact with children at school as well as at home is essential, especially when they are frustrated (or frustrating…). Children take their cues from us and must see us model what we preach.  

Some parents have requested resources to read that support the MINDFULNESS education that we have been teaching at Westminster. We can share the following information and will continue collecting resources of interest to our community in upcoming blog posts:

Parent Resources: 

10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn  For more information try this link to start:  
http://thehawnfoundation.org/mindup/mindup-products/goldie-hawns-10-mindful-minutes/

 The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate  by Susan Kaiser Greenland


 ‘Mindfulness Everyday’ – An Evening on Mindfulness and Learning Disability:  This is a great opportunity/workshop for parents of students with a Learning Disability to support their resiliency and developing skills, attitudes and information related to mindfulness.  For details, please go to:  or email info@ldayr.org

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