Social/emotional learning is an extremely important part of a child’s educational experience. It includes goal-setting, problem solving, working effectively in groups, building positive relationships, taking others’ perspectives, and respecting others and appreciating differences. To foster social and ethical responsibility, teachers specifically teach lessons on each anti-bullying standard. This month, second grade is learning about the third anti-bullying standard, “We will include ALL students, including those who tend to be left out.” Students are learning about how the MKA character standard “friendly” connects with this anti-bullying standard, and they are role-playing ways to be inclusive. In the photo above, children are participating in an inclusivity-building lesson called, “This is Our Island.” From Morning Meeting, which builds confidence, a sense of community, and listening skills, to sharing an iPad with a friend to record one’s story, which builds mutual respect and turn-taking, to asking someone to join in at recess, we are proud of the rich ways that second graders are growing socially and emotionally each day.
Also noteworthy this week, 2M has begun stage rehearsals to block and choreograph their play, “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.” In addition to sharing a positive message, the play experience is a wonderful opportunity to build social/emotional skills such as risk-taking, confidence, and teamwork. We can’t wait to see the 2M play next Thursday, February 11.