SEL_string.jpgA string web creates a visual representation of participation, encouraging everyone to join in. See below for more photos of SEL in action.
The Social-Emotional Learning program is a cornerstone of Nueva’s educational philosophy (see program overview).

As students progress through their years at Nueva, they advance through the SEL curriculum. In the lower school, children begin by learning the basic vocabulary of emotions, and progress through topics such as active listening, appreciation, conflict resolution, friendship, social cues, group dynamics, and many more. The specialist reinforces concepts from prior years through continuous practice while adding new, age-appropriate, relevant topics and skills into the classes.

Learning takes place through a variety of experiences such as:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Focused exercises
  • Reflections
  • Role-playing activities
  • Mindfulness practices including guided imagery, relaxation and yoga
  • Creative and collaborative projects

Classroom meetings provide time to learn and practice skills while giving context to students' daily experiences. In these early years, students acquire cooperation and problem-solving skills and develop an understanding of what it means to be both an individual and a group member. This awareness becomes an integral part of who they are as learners. Year by year, they build on these SEL concepts to develop respect for themselves and others, manage strong feelings and impulses, develop effective communication skills, and set and achieve their academic goals. In the process, they become essential elements of the community and culture of respect at Nueva.

Want to find out more? Visit "Lower School SEL Curriculum in More Detail" page.

Photos of SEL in action in the Lower School

Practicing active listening skills
Practicing active listening with distractions
My emotion thermometer helps me measure my feelings.
Boundary Bubbles teach self-advocacy and relationship skills.
Students practice trust, guiding one another through the garden.
Older students practice a trust walk using a blindfold.
One hundred "Put Ups" (not put downs) provide encouragement to everyone on the 100th day of school.
A Teamwork Challenge requires students to practice leading, following, listening and cooperating to solve a problem.
Another Teamwork Challenge gets students moving, thinking and working together: How do we turn the carpet over without any of us touching the grass?



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