In practice, students begin their day with a morning meeting based on a Responsive Classroom structure. This time allows for relationship building between students and teachers and supports critical executive functioning skills such as planning, prioritization, and organization.
Beyond the morning meeting, OWO students will also participate in specific planned lessons built on research-based practices for social/emotional learning. Our teachers design lessons that are developmentally appropriate to both provide a foundation of applicable skills, and to be responsive to the needs of students as they emerge throughout the schoolyear.
The core program is comprised of five foundation skill areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Additional topics under each of the foundation skills include:
Self-Awareness: Emotions and neuroscience, mindset and resilience, impact of self on others
Self-Management: Emotional regulation, stress management, mindfulness, and relaxation
Social Awareness: Teambuilding, empathy and inclusiveness, appreciating differences, giving/receiving feedback
Relationship Skills: Effective communication, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and self-advocacy
Responsible Decision Making
: Goal setting, problem solving, and leadership skills