When students learn to understand their emotions, they are better equipped to succeed in the real world and can develop positive relationships.
In our new film, Harnessing Emotions, you can see third graders in Banner County implementing Second Step, social and emotional learning (SEL) lessons that range from how to have difficult conversations with friends at recess to how to remain calm when you get frustrated or angry.
When it comes to this type of learning in the classroom it helps students set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Schools in all areas of the country have placed an importance on SEL and are seeing results in the behavior in their students.
Ask your teacher, principal, or school counselor what types of SEL curriculum is used in the classroom. Get curious about what it looks like and ask how you can best support your child outside of school to match what they’re learning.
What is Second Step?
Second Step is a program implemented by schools across the country to teach students social and emotional learning in the classroom.
Through games and activities, Second Step provides Kindergarteners through Eighth graders the skills to thrive not only in the classroom but in everyday life.