The High School Student Support Counselors have been accessing content from several resources to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to HS students. More info…

Written by on May 28, 2020

The High School Student Support Counselors have been accessing content from several resources to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to HS students.  On our Google Classroom, we have posted poems and diary readings released by the Freedom Writers Foundation virtual curriculum, prompting reflection on the concepts of hope, perseverance, motivation and empowerment. Students are encouraged to find drive from others and from within, name sources of hope in the present and in the future, and identify unique traits that make them who they are.  We have also shared information from MHANYS, NYS Office of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Random Acts of Kindness Organization, Enlightenment Portal and teen.webMD.  Students have been exposed to creating a wellness board, how to express gratitude, ideas for boosting self-esteem, boundaries for media consumption, growing resilience, the benefits of accountability partners, strategies to shift negative thinking, creating a routine, self-care and finding balance.  Lastly, students have a voice in our classroom, and one student has started an initiative using the power of music to boost mood.  It is our hope that SEL competencies are growing within our students during this difficult time, and will shine when we return to our buildings.  

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