Last year, we started a school-wide inquiry to learn about RULER, which is out of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER is an approach to teaching emotionally smart skills to children. It reinforces that emotions matter and focuses on how to build a student’s toolbox to recognize, understand, label, express and regulate their emotions. This past year, we professionally studied the main anchor tools to discover how we can eventually implement this body of work into our classrooms. This effort is to build upon all of the social and emotional learning already at place at Chatsworth!
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, works well together, and manages our emotions so that we can be successful in reaching our goals.
One of the ways we’ve been cultivating a positive emotional school climate is by writing our own staff charter.
The charter will help all of us who work at Chatsworth to understand and deal effectively with the spectrum of emotions and situations we experience. It will help us create the school culture we all want. Last year, our faculty gathered to ask ourselves these 3 questions:
The five feeling words we all want to live by at Chatsworth are:
Pleasurable emotions, such as satisfaction with teaching, understanding relationships with colleagues, students and families, and pride in student accomplishment- all enhance health, well-being and performance - for teachers and students alike. This charter is living and will be re-visited throughout the school year to keep it alive and change when our feelings shift.
Please be on the lookout to learn more about your child’s classroom charter! We just celebrated the many classroom charters that were created across the school building. Together, we noticed similarities and differences in each of the charters, while exploring the significance of what resonated with us. For example, many charters demonstrated that children want to feel safe and included when at school.
Take a moment to ask your child about how they want to feel in their classroom environment. You may also want to consider how they’d like to feel at home. Families will have an opportunity to learn more about this at our first Principal’s Coffee. Date to be released soon!
We look forward to sharing more about our RULER journey, as it continues.