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.
Social + Emotional Learning
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.
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.
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.
This week in Social and Emotional Learning we continued to explore how our brain makes us who we are. The main question was “Why is it IMPOSSIBLE for personality to be innate?”