Social & Emotional Learning

Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) is a major priority for St Mark's School. Social and emotional learning involves the processes of developing social and emotional competencies in children. SEL is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful. Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student and worker and many different challenging behaviours can be prevented or reduced when multi-year, integrated efforts develop students’ social and emotional skills.


Our Goal

To incorporate SEL into-

  • All activities
  • The school's curriculum
  • Teaching and learning experiences
  • All aspects of the life and work of the school, and
  • Its engagement with its families and community


The Five SEL Competencies

Self-Awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.


Self-Management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.


Social Awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.


Relationship Skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.


Responsible Decision-Making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.