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Our Guidance Lessons with the Second Step Program

Students who can self-regulate are better able to participate in and benefit from classroom instruction.

Having empathy prepares students to manage their own strong emotions and solve interpersonal problems with others.

Students who practice emotion managementby recognizing strong emotions and calming down cope better and are less prone to aggressive behaviors.

And when students use problem-solving skills to handle interpersonal conflicts with peers, they are less likely to engage in impulsive or aggressive behaviors.

In short, social-emotional learning promotes students’ school success and connectedness and contributes toward a safe and respectful school climate. It also helps prevent problem behaviors, peer rejection, impulsivity, and low academic achievement. This is why Yutan Elementary provides guidance lessons to our students so they have the opportunity to learn these skills.

Interesting Facts

  • Students who participate in SEL programs have grade point averages that are 11 percent higher than their peers (Zins, Weissberg, Wang, & Walberg, 2004).
  • Students who participate in SEL programs score higher on standardized tests (Payton et al., 2008).
  • Students who participate in SEL programs are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors that interfere with learning, such as violence and drug and alcohol use (Hawkins et al., 1997).
  • Schools that teach SEL have fewer suspensions and expulsions and better student attendance (Dymnicki, 2007).

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