An important part of teaching the curriculum in any classroom is having a positive and safe learning environment. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides the foundation for this environment. EISD has chosen to highlight relationship skills as our SEL focus for the first nine weeks. Using Second Step as our curriculum, teachers are helping students develop the skills necessary to develop healthy relationships with others.
As our partners in education, we encourage you to support our efforts in this area. The Parent Toolkit is a resource for parents that was developed by NBC News Education Nation and is supported by Pearson. The Toolkit provides parents a wealth of information, in English and Spanish, on social and emotional development in addition to academics, health & wellness, financial literacy, and college & career.
According to the Parent Toolkit one way to help middle school students learn social skills and relationship-building abilities is to talk about first impressions. Teach your teen "how to maintain eye contact, speak clearly, introduce themselves and smile or convey warmth to make a good first impression." Support your teen by role-playing and helping them introduce themselves to others.
- 6th Grade Relationship Skills Tips: How to continue to nurture social skills and relationship-building abilities with your child in 6th grade.