Social emotional learning is the process through which children learn to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to understand and manage their own emotions, set and achieve goals, understand their peers, make strong friendships and relationships, and make responsible decisions.  The emotional intelligence needed to work well with others and thrive in stressful situations is often referred to as ‘soft skills’, ‘mental toughness’, ‘grit’, ‘perseverance’, ‘character’, or ‘wisdom’.  These are the characteristics that do not appear on a resume; but are often the most sought after and valued by employers.  They are also key factors in developing a healthy social life.

Social emotional learning is comprised of five interwoven core competences that make up character development.  These are: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Skills.

Mastering these core competences is a life-long pursuit; and doing so is an important step toward enjoying a well-rounded and fulfilling life.  At BEAS Academy, we base our programs on these competences (listed below) and strive to provide a positive model for all of our students.

Character development:

  • Self-Awareness: Understanding how your thoughts and emotions influence your behavior. Skills include Assertive communication, self-confidence, and acceptance of criticism.
  • Self-Management: The ability to regulate your emotions and behaviors in ways appropriate to the situation, to make goals, and have the discipline to work toward them. Skills include impulse control, stress-management, and self-discipline.
  • Responsible Decision Making: The ability to make responsible choices and hold ones-self accountable for the consequences; both positive and negative. Skills include situational awareness, problem solving, and reflection.
  • Social Awareness: The ability to understand one’s position in social situation and how one’s own actions effect the social dynamic.  Skills include: following the example of others, reading social cues such as facial and body language, and empathy
  • Relationship Skills: The ability to relate well to others. Skills include active listening, clear communicating, and conflict resolution.