EMPATHY through Actions
Our Junior School teachers and Junior School Counselor work together to support the social and emotional development of our students. These programs emphasize the creation of a safe classroom culture that epitomizes care and respect, self-regulation, relationship-building, resiliency, and self-esteem.
We realize the importance of teaching specific social and emotional skills and fostering the development of social competence through:
• building empathy
• developing language skills to support emotional well-being
• learning to identify and regulate emotional reactions
• building resilience
Many strategies are used to develop social competence skills including role-playing, discussion prompts, videos, and reflective reading and writing assignments.
Community service opportunities, including our annual Shoreline Clean-Up, Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drives, and singing at local Seniors’ Homes, give students a chance to help out and become more aware of their ability to make positive impacts in the world. In turn, students become aware of the satisfaction associated with service work.