There has been a lot of debate over the last few years surrounding three letters and how they affect our students. SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning. For some, SEL has come to represent something nefarious or inappropriate. Teachers incorporating activities to improve students' emotional well-being and ability to interact successfully with others has become political when tied to the acronym SEL. So at Carmel Clay Schools, we are redefining and clarifying these activities and how focusing on personal growth benefits our students.
Learning is often compared to building a house; it is completed brick by brick, establishing a solid foundation of knowledge. To further the metaphor, you cannot make a house with bricks alone. It requires construction plans and tools to transform those bricks into a proper home. The Carmel Clay Schools' “Skills for Success” are the tools necessary to achieve academic and personal success in today’s ever-changing and global society.
Skills for Success are not an academic curriculum or mental health treatment. However, Skills for Success can support students academically and emotionally. Whether identified by name or not, adults use Skills for Success daily in their work and home life to achieve desired outcomes. Collaborating on a team project, taking a walk around the block over lunch to deal with a stressful situation, and efficiently managing busy schedules are all learned skills. Teachers and staff prepare students to grow their inter and intrapersonal skills by incorporating Skills for Success into academic lessons and classroom activities.
Please visit our website for more information on the CCS Skills for Success and examples of grade-level lessons.