Social and Emotional Learning

Social – Emotional Learning (SEL) teaches children life skills for social awareness and self-reflection by teaching strategies needed for interpersonal relationships and self management.

“These skills include recognizing and managing emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.” Mendez Middle School website

I have had a mindfulness practice for many years but only recently have introduced mindfulness and yoga in the classroom. The kids seem to take to it naturally.

To deepen my own practice and learn the skills needed for successful implementation I have become a certified mindfulness instructor through Mindful Schools, and completed the 200 hr yoga teacher training through Breathe For Change  in 2018.

Trauma Informed Teaching

A trauma-informed teaching practice means recognizing that some behaviors such as anger outbursts, withdrawn or self-injurious behavior may be symptomatic of traumatic stress.

Simply disciplining them for acting out is often not only unsuccessful but can be harmful. In understanding how the brain functions under stress a teacher can use and teach mind-body skills and techniques that can help lower activation.

Instead of just naming an emotion such as anger, or frustration the corresponding body sensation is identified and described which helps increase emotional awareness.  Somatic activities like brain breaks for releasing tension helps all students.

Certified Trauma Practitioner – Education from Starr Commonwealth.

which includes trainings listed below.

ADHD & Trauma

Mind Body Skills for SEL

LGBT Certificate of Completion

Courageous Classrooms Certificate

Trauma Informed Schools Certificate