"Social Emotional learning (SEL)" 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."
~Self-Management ~ Self-Awareness ~ Responsible Decision Making ~ Relationship Skills ~ Social Awareness~
SEL this year at AMS: "Connections"
Due to the pandemic, we were unable to teach SEL classes in person. Instead, we created a virtual curriculum called "Connections" so that our students did not miss out on SEL this year and were able to continue developing these necessary skills.
What is "Connections"?
Connections is a curriculum created by the 3 school counselors at AMS. We chose certain topics based off of our students needs as well as crucial topics that we felt were important to be covered. Your student's grade level School Counselor provides all students with SEL lessons on Wednesdays focusing on a new topic each month. These lessons are named Connections and the topics are decided based on feedback from the students. Students have been surveyed by their grade level School Counselor since last March to find out how they are feeling, what needs they have, who they are connected to, and what they are doing to take care of themselves. SEL lesson topics have included Adjusting to Change, Stress Management, Self-Care and Organization. All of our counselors have created virtual offices and self-care spaces that students can and do access frequently.