Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and emotional development will be a key component of the curriculum at Olivet. OA SEL curriculum will emphasize skill development in self-awareness, self-regulation, awareness of others (empathy) and relationship management. The Responsive Classroom professional development offers a general approach to teaching, rather than a program designed to address a specific school issue. It is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies and that can be used along with many other programs. These classroom practices are the heart of the Responsive Classroom approach and will be adopted at OA

  • Rule Creation —helping students create classroom rules to ensure an environment that allows all class members to meet their learning goals
  • Interactive Modeling —teaching children to notice and internalize expected behaviors through a unique modeling technique
  • Positive Teacher Language —using words and tone as a tool to promote children’s active learning, sense of community, and self-discipline
  • Logical Consequences —responding to misbehavior in a way that allows children to fix and learns from their mistakes while preserving their dignity
  • Guided Discovery —introducing classroom materials using a format that encourages independence, creativity, and responsibility
  • Academic Choice —increasing student learning by allowing students teacher-structured choices in their work
  • Classroom Organization —setting up the physical room in ways that encourage students’ independence, cooperation, and productivity
  • Working with Families —creating avenues for hearing parents’ insights and helping them understand the school’s teaching approaches
  • Collaborative Problem Solving —using conferencing, role-playing, and other strategies to resolve problems with students