K-5 SEL Meetings

Why SEL?

Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which our students acquire and apply their knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (Casel, 2021).

Why do we have Classroom Meeting Times?

The way we begin our time together in the classroom sets the tone for learning. When everyone is together, face to face, welcoming each person, sharing news, listening to individual voices, and communicating as a caring group, we make several powerful statements:

  • We say that every person's voice and ideas matter.

  • We say that the way we interact individually and as a group is significant.

  • We say that our classroom culture is one of friendliness, respectfulness, and thoughtfulness.

  • We say that we can accomplish hard work and make important discoveries together.

  • We say that teachers hold authority, even though they are part of the circle.

  • We say that this is a place where courtesy and warmth and safety reign - a place of respect for all.