We spend a lot of time teaching social-emotional skills and talking about how to manage emotions and resolve conflicts.
Our teachers regularly facilitate circle discussions to give students a voice, talk through issues that may be happening, and to build their classroom communities. Last year, we implemented a program called Toolbox which has been an amazing resource for our entire community - students, teachers and parents. It teaches 12 tools that we all have inside of us, all the time; it’s just a matter of learning how and when to use them to help us navigate different situations and feelings.
Learn more from our School Psychologist on what social-emotional learning means at McGillis.
Contact The McGillis School to learn more about our social-emotional learning program.
Building Positive Connections with "Please" and "Thank You"
“Please” and “thank you” are magic words that help people feel good. Expressing gratitude and giving thanks are basic principles of kindness and generosity.
Learning to Listen with Your Heart
Listening to one another is one of the most important ways parents and children create close, loving relationships.
Gemilut Hasadim Fills Everyone’s “Bucket”
How did you feel when you last thanked someone for their assistance? How did you feel when someone held the door open for you? How did you feel when someone called you or texted you out of the blue just to say, “Hi. I’m thinking of you?” Good, right?
What Is Mindfulness and Why Is It Important for Children?
At McGillis, we teach our students mindfulness skills to help them increase their well-being and enable them to meet the stresses of the world with presence, self-compassion, and openness.
How to Navigate the 2020 Election with Your Children
In the best of years, emotions are heightened around presidential elections. This election feels especially difficult due to the tone and tenor of the race.