Social + Emotional Learning

How our first loves shape our behavior

Psychology is not usually taught in conventional school curricula. In Social and Emotional Learning we believe that knowing and managing ourselves and others begins with a science-based understanding of how our brain is formed and develops to adapt to our nurturing environment. 

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How healthy is your Relationship Diet?

In one of the most watched TED Talks of all time, Robert Waldinger summarizes 75 years of research on what makes a good life: "Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period." 

Though the message sounds obvious, we wanted to make it relevant to students' lives.  We used the food analogy. Just as a healthy diet will give our body more energy, power and longevity, good relationships give us those same benefits.

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Brain anatomy & addictions

This week we went back to our month-long Neuroscience module with a lesson on brain anatomy. Our aim with neuroscience is twofold. First, for students to understand the foundations on which we will build the upcoming lessons on mental health, disorders, and addictions. Second, for them to grasp just how complex behavior is, so that they develop more acceptance and empathy towards themselves and one another.

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Being brave enough to be the light

Several teachers honored MLK's birthday this week. In Social and Emotional Learning we talked about African Americans' civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements, and we also talked about women, the LGBTQ+ community and children. 

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