What is Social and Emotional Learning ?
The COOL TO BE ME Approach
Multiple Approaches Across Multiple Settings
“The educational goals of SEL are more likely to be achieved when evidence-based approaches are used to reach students in all settings where they spend their time — in classrooms, throughout the school, in the home, and in the community.” (CASEL)
COOL TO BE ME strives to integrate SEL into all aspects of a child’s life at school and at home through easy-to-understand-and-apply training courses and curriculum resources.
In order to enjoy the full range of benefits that SEL can yield, educators, learners and parents must engage fully in evidence-based SEL practices and principles. COOL TO BE ME facilitates this process through:
- An evidence-based, experiential SEL curriculum for learners from Grades 1 to 7 (6 to 13 years old); implemented at school.
- An accredited SEL CPTD course (continued professional training and development course) for educators, coaches or child practitioners.COOL TO BE ME
- COOL TO BE ME @ Home for parents and children between the ages of 5 and 10 to engage in SEL together.
An Educator’s Perspective
“We have had great fun and had many meaningful conversations during our sessions with the children. I like to think that as a school we are driven by values and not rules, and COOL TO BE ME is just so supportive in this attempt. The material and topics have been age appropriate and the children have related to situations in the stories quite easily. The children have particularly enjoyed discovering and celebrating their strengths and talents, at the same time being aware that you can seldom be good at all things and it’s okay! The programme has proved to be a good way to stimulate and direct the right conversations between child and parent. It helps to instil the values we are so desperate for in our society.”
"CTBM is a great programme. It changed my life and helped me feel great about myself."
"I would just like to say thank you so much for all you have done for the grade 6 girls through COOL TO BE ME. They are so lucky to have had experienced such profound self-analysis and self-discovery at their age. I think that the work you are doing is so important and the core philosophy of resilient self-esteem is brilliant!"
“I thoroughly enjoyed the feedback to the COOL TO BE ME sessions at Springfield last night. It is a fabulous course and my daughter enjoyed it tremendously. Also from the response of the parents I think they felt the same way.”
“My daughter spoke of the programme so much and I know it has had a profound effect on her confidence and acceptance of others.”
"CTBM was so great and wonderful. Today I can express my feelings because of CTBM. I am a good person because of CTBM. I want to say thanks a lot. It’s Cool To Be Me!"
"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great."
"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way."
"I have changed from being an Emotionally Reactive Coach to being a self-aware, self-regulated Coach"
"My 9yr old daughter is part of a Netball Team & Dance group... She's now constantly wants to read Bru'Me & I am no longer struggling to get her to do homework"
"I have now have the ability to recognize my emotions and thoughts and my influence on my behaviour. I know my strengths and limitations I am confident and optimistic about the future."
"My experience teaching SEL lessons, in the Senior Phase, has been very rewarding and eye opening. These lessons have afforded me the opportunities to have open discussions, to share stories and foster empathy amongst my pupils. These lessons have also allowed for opportunities to get to know pupils better and learn about their strengths and weaknesses. I really look forward to my sessions with each class."
"When originally hearing about the SEL course I was very intrigued in the way the course communicates with learners on a level not only they understand and appreciate, but also the educator would love. I loved how the course lends educators room to infuse the lesson with their own personal touch and also lending an ear to those learners that might be feeling confused and conflicted by sometimes basic and complex everyday social and emotional challenges they might face without the support to understand it."
"There were some challenges with the boys in Grade 5 and 6 who were a little out of their comfort zones with the initial topics and discussions but we overcame the silliness and they are now far more involved and happy to share in our discussions. The girls in all the Grades are loving the programme and really get involved. The activities have all been a hit as well as the sections they must do at home with their families. We have had positive feedback from the parents as well. "
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