Social Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning (SEL) at Wornick provides children with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills for self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. This means that children learn to understand and to manage emotions, to feel and to show empathy for others, to establish and to maintain positive relationships, and to make responsible decisions.
SEL is approached both by direct instruction and by modeling supportive, respectful relationships. Our program uses The Responsive Classroom approach for morning meetings and for respectful communication throughout the day. The advisory class for middle school students, which meets every morning, is the primary vehicle for Social Emotional Learning.
A unique way that we build a respectful community for the entire school is through our Chavurah program. Chavurah means a group of friends in Hebrew, and this program provides leadership opportunities for older children and a way for younger children to create meaningful connections with older students. The entire school is divided into twenty-two chavurot (friendship groups) each containing a representative from each grade (K-8) and a teacher. Children remain in their same chavurah throughout their years at Wornick. Each month, the groups meet to work together on a design challenge or service learning opportunity.