St. Matthew's - Flipbook - Page 17
Students in Lower School (K4) are provided with vocabulary and scaling tools to teach
them how to iden"fy feelings and give those feelings scale, using devices like a feelings
thermometer. Students and teachers also u"lize a Social Emo"onal Learning (SEL) Toolbox,
a series of twelve founda"onal skills, to provide a common language for discussion in and
out of the classroom. Toolbox skills include breathing, listening, empathy, le#ng go,
apologize and forgive, and others. Students learn how to use these tools and prac"ce
iden"fying situa"ons in which they would be helpful. Young students learn to deescalate
conflicts and communicate eec"vely to achieve posi"ve connec"ons with peers.
In Middle School, Advisories use SEL Feelings
checkins and Open Session to spark deeper discussions
and learning. Feelings checkins can be student or teacher
designed and provide a range of visual examples of
emo"onalstate answer op"ons. Open Session invites
students to share any worries they are having, decisions
they are facing, or share joys and gra"tudes in an
anonymous forum where peers respond by oering
support, asking for clarifica"on, or sharing wisdom.
In addi"on, students meet in both small and large groups
to focus on gradelevel specific topics, skills, and tools.
Fi%h and Sixth graders work on communica"on skills,
including understanding the impact of body language and
eye contact. Seventh graders explore selfawareness and
individuality. Eighth graders work through the thoughts
feelingsac"ons triangle toward the ul"mate goal of high
emo"onal intelligence which allows for posi"ve
selfawareness and social connec"ons.