Social & Emotional Learning

Trotwood Madison- Department of Student Services

Cultivating a Mindful Culture

Trotwood-Madison City Schools is committed to meeting the academic needs of every student, while recognizing that we must meet the needs of the whole student. An intentional way to incorporate social and emotional learning is through mindfulness. Consider your setting and how you can create a place of reflection and mindfulness. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

The purpose of this newsletter is to share ways to intentionally embed social and emotional learning practices through mindfulness. This newsletter contains resources to support all staff and students.

What is SEL in Education?

Social emotional learning (SEL) is a methodology that helps students of all ages to better comprehend their emotions, to feel those emotions fully, and demonstrate empathy for others. These learned behaviors are then used to help students make positive, responsible decisions; create frameworks to achieve their goals, and build positive relationships with others.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Five Social Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-awareness – To recognize your emotions and how they impact your behavior; acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses to better gain confidence in your abilities.
  • Self-management – To take control and ownership of your thoughts, emotions, and actions in various situations, as well as setting and working toward goals.
  • Social awareness – The ability to put yourself in the shoes of another person who may be from a different background or culture from the one you grew up with. To act with empathy and in an ethical manner within your home, school, and community.
  • Relationship skills – The ability to build and maintain healthy relationships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. This competency focuses on listening to and being able to communicate with others, peacefully resolving conflict, and knowing when to ask for or offer help.
  • Making responsible decisions – Choosing how to act or respond to a situation based on learned behaviors such as ethics, safety, weighing consequences and the well-being of others, as well as yourself.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

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Programs for Trotwood Staff & Students

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Bring yoga to your classroom! Access via Clever.

Yoga and mindfulness practices have a positive impact on kids and learning. Did you know that yoga can help to increase academic readiness? The physical movement and mindful exercises associated with yoga can help to prepare the brain for learning!

  • Yoga has shown to enhance focus, concentration, comprehension and memory.
  • The poses help to improve physical fitness by improving posture, balance, coordination, and body awareness.
  • Yoga can also help to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed.
  • It provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and supports social and emotional learning.
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Reboot for Schools is a mindfulness curriculum, providing daily 3-minute audio guided mindful moments in Spanish or English that build on each other throughout the year, whether you’re in-person or remote.

Students learn breathing, empathy, self awareness, and self regulation while developing tools to help with focus, stress, and building positive school communities. Each mindful moment ends with a positive direction for the student to remember throughout the day which helps keep students mindful and builds school culture (e.g., sit with someone you don’t know at lunch or lend a helping hand to your teacher).

Username: trotwood
Password: reboot2021

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Calm’s mission is to make the world happier and healthier.

Calm is a meditation, sleep and relaxation app, available in both the App Store and Google Play store.

Calm creates unique audio content that strengthens mental fitness and tackles some of the biggest mental health challenges of today: stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. The most popular feature on Calm is a 10-minute meditation called, 'The Daily Calm,' that explores a fresh mindful theme and inspiring concept each day.

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All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that.