Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies are used to identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in the learning process.

HTMMA teachers have collaborated to identify the following Social & Emotional Learning Competencies, which form a large part of how we educate our students thoroughout their 3 years of middle school.

Self Awareness

Love Who You Are

Develop a positive attitude towards yourself
Recognize that you are a unique and valuable person

Understand Who You Are

Be able to identify your feelings

Identify your personal strengths
Identify your rights, needs and interests


Self Management

Act With Integrity

Demonstrate honesty, moral, and ethical principals
Develop emotional control and express your emotions appropriately
Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior in different settings and act accordingly
Take ownership of your decisions and actions

Aim High

Demonstrate a desire to try your best and welcome challenges (utilize the Growth Mindset)
Learn and practice the goal-setting process

Solve Problems

Develop self-advocacy skills by effectively communicating, negotiating or asserting needs, interests, and desires
Demonstrate the ability to seek help for solving problems and making decisions, applying self advocacy skills
Exhibit the ability to make safe and healthy choices
Learn and use coping skills for dealing with conflict and managing stress


Interpersonal Skills

Understand Others

Develop and demonstrate empathy

Communicate Effectively

Demonstrate effective communication skills
Apply effective conflict resolution skills
Exhibit digital citizenship

Build Quality Relationships

Utilize self management skills to develop positive relationships
Utilize self awareness skills to respond appropriately to social pressures
Learn about the difference between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact


Social Awareness

Understand Your World

Demonstrate respect for ethnic and cultural diversity
Show respect for individual differences
Contribute to your community