Thursday is the first day of school for students in the Greece Central School District where social-emotional learning is a high priority.
The social-emotional learning program is now entering its fourth year at the district. What is it? The program is all about making students well-rounded both inside and outside of the classroom. Students in all grade levels are taught life skills such as self management, awareness, responsible decision making and relationship skills through daily activities.
The district’s superintendent and teachers who instruct these exercises say it has helped students in so many ways.
“It’s different than just traditional math and traditional reading,” says Kathleen Graupman, the superintendent of the Greece Central School District. “It’s really looking at building relationship skills and self regulation and self awareness and those kind of things.”
“Just some of the examples our superintendent mentioned at Pine Brooke Elementary, they start everyday with a bell and it’s a mindfullness chime and all of the students know at that time, they come to the carpet, some teachers do it in circles, some teachers do it a little bit differently, but it’s a way to start the day,” says teacher David Blahowicz.
We’re told students are graded based on how well they do during the exercises taught.