#Thursday Thoughts

November 11 2021

WWMS - NJEA Review

Woodrow Wilson Middle School was highlighted in this month's edition of the NJEA Review. This magazine is published by the NJEA and features articles on many topics in education. The article "Bringing SEL into your schools" was co-authored by Dr. Maurice J. Elias and Jennifer Ly of the Rutgers University SECD Lab and SEL4NJ.

Mrs. Wendy Kushner-Hurwitz, a social studies educator and member of the WWMS SEL Leadership Team was interviewed for the article. Last March, WWMS participated in International Social and Emotional Learning Day, and a sampling of activities that students were able to participate in are described.

WWMS is recognized as one of the leading schools in the state for the development of embedded SEL instruction. Our partnership with Rutgers University Social Emotional Character Development Lab, headed by Dr. Maurice Elias, is instrumental in our understanding of how to support all of our student's academic, social and emotional development.

Please read the entire article HERE.

Managing Social Media Stress with Mindfulness

Social media is a great way for staying connected with friends, get news updates, and be entertained. But it can also be a source of stress, especially for teenagers. When they're scrolling through the feeds, they are often comparing themselves to others, even if they don't realize they are doing it.

What is Self Care & Why is it important to you

Self-care is not synonymous with self-indulgence or being selfish. Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.

New Ways November

This month, we're encouraging you to try something new! Learning something new or getting involved in an activity that really absorbs and interests us is great for our well-being. Keeping our brains active is not only good for us physically but it can help you feel you are flourishing as you see yourself making progress with a new skill, or just make you smile as you make a mess and decide to start again. :) Being playful and trying new things is important, as is remembering that it's OK not to get it right the first time - change "I can't do it", into "I can't do it...yet!" Click here for this month's calendar
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