Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a fundamental component of the Open Window School experience.
At Open Window School, we believe that young people become successful, healthy, life-long learners, when they are empowered to navigate their social and emotional world. Our students have high intellectual potential and diverse learning styles which can be a gift and a challenge. The integration of SEL in our advisory and learning platforms allows student voice and choice, identity development, emotional regulation, cultural competency, managing relationships and resiliency skills. Through intentional instruction, modeling, and opportunities for authentic practice, we foster the development of growth mindset and the emotional skills that students need to better understand themselves and what it means to be a part of a community.
The Responsive Classroom approach is used in all school environments to create a safe and engaging climate for building community and learning. Morning meeting and advisory provide students with a daily connection with their teachers and classmates to set the tone for the day. In the classroom, teachers use practices including interactive modeling, teacher language strategies, logical consequences, and interactive learning structures to respond to students in developmentally and culturally responsive ways.