Social and Emotional Learning Modules for Schools
Children’s development within and understanding of the world and their life-long role cannot be solely explored through their academic curriculum. It is imperative that the development of the whole child is acknowledge and supported by including social and emotional learning opportunities within their school day.
Over the past 9 years Jo Hamilton has researched, created and presented SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) modules based on the specific needs and developmental stage of each grade. Jo presents these stand-alone modules to learners in a variety of school settings. The modules can be presented during the learners’ Life Skills lessons or in a block of time.
The learners thrive in this relevant, flexible learning environment that acknowledges, supports and extends their emotional and social development. In particular, the learners benefit from Jo’s highly developed listening skills and rich understanding of their social and emotional complexities as a psychologist. Simultaneously Jo is able to draw upon her teaching background to structure and present the module in a clear and efficient manner.
- BULLY BLOCKING (Grade 1, 2 and 3): How to stand up to bullies and meanness through story telling and a few assertiveness tools (Total: 1 hour)
- FRIENDSHIP (Grade 4 and 5): how to make friends, identifying true friendship, finding your tribe, friendship bricks & friendship bombs, friendship first aid. (Total: 4 hours)
- GROUP WORK SKILLS (Grade 4 and 5): characteristics of effective and ineffective groups, personal contribution towards the success/failure of a group, how to work in a group, roles within a group, navigating group ‘hot spots’. (Total: 3 hours)
- RESILIENCE (Grade 4, 5, 6, 7): What is resilience? Helpful and unhelpful thinking, managing thought bombs such as generalizing, mind reading, exaggerating, catastrophizing, learning to not sweat the small stuff, assessing worries, blame fairly, using thought chops. (Total: 4 hours)
- ASSERTIVENESS (Grade 4, 5, 6, 7): learn 20 different tools that help you to be assertive based on Jo Hamilton’s book The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids (Total: 5 hours)
- PERCEPTIONS, STEREOTYPES, AND PREJUDICE (Grade 5, 6 and 7): This module challenges the accuracy of first impressions by highlighting the role of one’s perceptions and understanding in judging and interacting with people. Various stereotypes are explored and through an experiential exercise the learners discuss feelings, thoughts and behaviours evoked by prejudice. (Total: 4 hours)
- PEER PRESSURE (Grade 6 and 7): What is peer pressure? Why is it hard to resist? Tools and tips to help manage peer pressure. (Total: 3 hours)
- BODY IMAGE, SELF-ESTEEM AND EATING DISORDERS (Grade 7 girls): Utilising many youtube clips from the Dove self esteem programme, Jo challenges young adolescents’ view of female beauty and explain the role of the media and society pressures in their self-perceptions. This includes information on the dangers of eating disorders. (Total: 4 hours)
PREVENTATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS
Safe touch, unsafe touch (Grade 00, 0, 1 and 2): This is a preventative programme of two 30 minute lessons held over two weeks that teaches young children about the difference between safe and unsafe touch in an age appropriate and professional manner. It empowers children with what to say and do in a situation where they feel unsafe and the importance of reporting to a trustworthy adult.
This programme includes an introductory address to parents about the contents and nature of the programme and their important role as parents and caregivers.
TEEN TALKS (Grade 5, 6 and 7): Teen Talks involves professional, developmentally appropriate discussions with young teens about the physical, social and emotional changes that occur in early adolescence.
These talks start with a presentation to parents as to the contents of the programme as well as tips and advice with regards to parenting this developmental stage.
- Grade 5: physical changes that occur in adolescence and hygiene, Q & A (2½ hours)
- Grade 6: female and male physiological changes and sexual reproduction, Q & A (3½ hours)
- Grade 7: the joy and challenges of social and emotional interactions in early adolescence, personal safety, peer pressure, reputation, Q & A (4 hours)
If you are interested in Jo presenting some of her Social and Emotional Learning modules to the learners at your school please send Jo Hamilton a message on the Contact page.