Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning

Every student brings her feelings and thoughts to school. To acknowledge and support girls in developing their emotional intelligence and skills, GMS offers our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) class. The goal of SEL is to provide an atmosphere of trust within the community of girls, in which they can learn essential and important life skills. In SEL, a girl can give voice to her feelings in a productive and safe way, and hear those feelings acknowledged by her peers and teachers. SEL stimulates girls to explore their own choices, develop a strong sense of self, and respect differences.  While some units are similar in each grade, the SEL curriculum uses developmentally age-appropriate material. Classes comprise role play, reading and discussion, videos, guest speakers, and expression through art. Typical units include conflict resolution, diversity, and puberty. Students meet once a week in their SEL groups; the lead SEL teacher is the GMS Guidance Advisor and a licensed family therapist.