Social and Emotional Learning
Our devotion to the whole child means that we are deeply committed to social emotional learning. Social and Emotional learning involves the direct instruction and scaffolding of the processes through which children acquire the skills necessary to understand and regulate emotions, obtain goals, establish relationships, manage conflict and resolution, and make responsible decisions.
Research demonstrates that these skills promote and enhance students’ connection to school, positive behavior and academic achievement. In addition, stress and poor regulation of impulses interferes with attention and memory. At The Cooper School, we believe the formation and regulation of positive relationships is crucial to learning. Learning is a naturally a social and interactive process. It involves collaboration with one’s teachers, peers, and family. The opportunity to learn and master social and emotional skills impacts both preparation for learning and the ability to benefit from learning opportunities.
All children are taught through modeling and coaching the skills of curiosity, gratitude, mindfulness, creativity, flexibility, perseverance, accuracy and grit. In addition, students receive direct instruction and practice around conflict resolution strategies. The Peace Wheel is a conflict resolution tool that empowers children to solve social conflict independently. Students are taught to initiate mediation, articulate wants and needs, develop active listening skills, collaborate on solutions and move forward with peaceful resolutions.