Some tools that are already used in the classrooms to support mindfulness work...
Happy New Year! As we launch into the second half of the school year, we would like to update you on our progress with the implementation of RULER at Chatsworth. You might remember from our welcome back letter to the community that this was one of our goals for this school year. You might be asking, what does RULER stand for and what it is... Well, RULER teaches five key skills of emotional intelligence:
Recognizing emotions in one’s self and others.
Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions.
Labeling emotions accurately.
Expressing emotions appropriately.
Regulating emotions effectively.
This is an evidence-based approach, out of Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence, led by Marc Bracket, which supports and develops social and emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the practice of emotional intelligence into daily life.
So much of RULER involves how we relate to ourselves and to one another. As the adults in the community, we are committed to modeling and practicing the skills of healthy emotional intelligence. This includes, interacting in ways that create a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued, working well together, and managing our emotions so that we can be successful in reaching our goals.
One of the ways we’ve been continuing to cultivate a positive emotional school climate is by writing our own Chatsworth Charter. The staff charter will help all of us who work at Chatsworth continue to understand and deal effectively with the spectrum of emotions and situations we experience. It will help us to continue to build and maintain the school culture we all want. Our faculty has gathered over several faculty meetings, this year so far, to ask ourselves these 3 questions:
If you’re curious about our faculty charter, please keep your eyes open around the school building. The charter will be posted shortly!
We look forward to partnering with you and sharing more about this approach
Our next step is to introduce the anchor tools to our staff. The first tool up is the mood meter!
Here is a link to read more if you're interested. http://ei.yale.edu/ruler/ruler-overview/