There is solid research that shows building Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in children not only increase social and academic success, SEL also promotes emotional and physical health. Teaching children skills that build healthy social relationships and emotional well-being begins with teaching them healthy self-awareness. The I Can Relate Game is a resource that supports teachers and parents in fostering healthy and positive social awareness and self-awareness in children.
Topics can be modified to meet the goals of the in-service training. The training will include tangible tools and a simple, yet effective, process for helping students, staff, and parents relate in ways that honor the needs of everyone.
The SEL and Self-Awareness training include the I Can Relate Game™ and process. The game provides a tangible approach for having conversations in a way that is respectful, clear and enjoyable. It is a safe, non-threatening approach that teaches children how to use empathy and respect as they develop relationships with others. Using practice situations allows children to imagine a variety of ways an issue can be addressed and teaches empathy skills that build kindness toward all involved in the situation.
Children learn to focus on the positive aspects of life and approach the challenging aspects with a clear process that fosters empathy and understanding. With practice, children build healthy integrative patterns (healthy neural pathways) in their brains and in the process teach their brains to focus on health and well-being.
Educators will learn skills in building Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) by: