As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, students are getting to know new teachers and new classmates. As parents and educators, our wish is for our children to build strong positive relationships with adults and peers. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps students learn skills that will be used in school and life. As a district, EISD has chosen to highlight relationship skills as our SEL focus for the first nine weeks.
Having a friend and feeling included is important. We all have the basic need to feel like we belong and/or are part of the group. As school leaders, we try to build classrooms that support students in feeling like they are part of the classroom community. A positive classroom community fosters the connection and collaboration that improves both a feeling of self-worth and academic achievement.
Parents can support their children in building positive relationships by helping their child work through the ups and downs that can occur within a friendship. Teaching children how to create, preserve, and foster a valuable friendship is a "tremendous skill that will bring lifelong stability in all personal relationships..." (“What Parents Can Do To Support Friendships” by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MS, MS Ed, and Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD.)