Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Social and Emotional Competencies - Targetting and teaching

This blogsite has been established to support the intentional targeted teaching of social and emotional competencies.  While we tend to be very thoughtful and intentional about teaching literacy, cognitive, and other skills, we need to be just as intentional about teaching social emotional skills.  It is through relationships that we come to know our world.  Indeed, children learn with and through social interactions or play.

Developed social and emotional skills enable children to have:
- Sense of confidence and competence
- Ability to develop good relationships with peers and adults/make friends/get along with others
- Ability to persist at tasks
- Ability to follow directions
- Ability to identify, understand, and communicate own feelings/emotions
- Ability to constructively manage strong emotions
- Development of empathy

Within the Teaching Pyramid Framework, social and emotional competency development is the key focus.  A large number of children will develop appropriate skills through the implementation and reflection of, and involvement in, Nurturing and Responsive Relationships and High Quality Supportive Environments alone.  For these children, the skills listed above will become part of their development and achieved accordingly.  A number of children will require specific teaching for these skills to develop.  All children will benefit from the intentional teaching of social emotional competencies.  Some children will need it.

Enjoy the links, resources, supports within this blogsite.  Unless specified, the materials have been created, evaluated and researched through the Vanderbilt University in Florida, USA.  For more information, and to attend the Teaching Pyramid training and mentoring within the Riverina Region, contact Sara Stockman, Teaching Pyramid Facilitator, KEIS, for training details.
02 69238400 sstockman@kw.org.au