Social Learning at PBS is the process through which students gain the skills and awareness necessary to recognize and manage their emotions, make responsible decisions, and establish positive relationships. Social and Emotional Learning is integrated throughout all of our academic and specialist subjects. Our approach incorporates nationally recognized programs, drawing heavily from the Responsive Classroom curriculum, with selected grades incorporating Second Step and Super Flex. Programs such as Responsive Classroom help guide and enhance instruction and provide opportunities to practice and apply social skills throughout the day, every day.
Competence in the use of social learning skills provides the entire PBS community with a safe, comfortable, challenging and joyful learning environment.
Several key sets of skills and attitudes provide a strong foundation for achieving school and life success. One involves knowing your emotions, how to manage them, and ways to express them constructively. This enables one to handle stress, control impulses, and motivate one's self to persevere in overcoming obstacles to goal achievement. A related set of skills involves accurately assessing your abilities and interests, building strengths, and making effective use of family, school, and community resources. Finally, it is critical for students to be able to establish and monitor their progress toward achieving academic and personal goals.
Promoting one's own health, avoiding risky behavior, dealing honestly and fairly with others, and contributing to the good of one's classroom, school, family, community, and environment are essential to citizenship in a democratic society. Achieving these outcomes requires an ability to make decisions and solve problems on the basis of accurately anticipating the consequences of each, and evaluating and learning from one's decision making.
Building and maintaining positive relationships with others are central to success in school and life and require the ability to recognize the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others, including those different from one's own. In addition, establishing positive peer, family, and work relationships requires skills in cooperating, communicating respectfully, and constructively resolving conflicts with others.
The ability to communicate one's thoughts, feelings and ideas is directly related to one's self-concept as it affects one's ability to connect, collaborate, and form relationships with others. Exposure to a variety of ways to express one's self, and practice with these mediums, ensures that a person will have many avenues through which they can form bonds with others. This ability affects a person's life socially, academically, and in the workforce.