Our students’ lives can be very stressful, and many of you have seen how that stress can affect your tutoring sessions. We have developed our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program to give you tools that you can use to help your students combat stress by teaching them to pause, breathe, and gauge their feelings before responding to an emotional situation. The program presents ten weeks of lessons on valuable character traits that you can integrate into your regular sessions.
The goal of this program is to teach students how to be more aware of their emotions. It is not to teach students that their feelings are invalid. Many of our students are living in rough circumstances, many of them are students of color, and many of them are treated unfairly as a result. We affirm their right to be angry and sad. Social emotional learning tools are designed to help students process what they are feeling in a safe space, not to change their feelings. Please use these tools accordingly and reach out to us if you have questions or concerns.