Second STEP

Classroom teachers have begun using the Second Step social skills curriculum to directly teach students the competencies to strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. This program promotes school success, connectedness, and a safe/respectful school climate by developing student’s self-regulations skills, social-emotional competencies, and school connectedness.

The focus for March/April/May 2019 is PROBLEM SOLVING. Teaching problem-solving skills helps to reduce impulsive behavior, improve social competence and friendships, and prevent violence. Second Step skills are designed to build students’ abilities to handle interpersonal conflicts effectively. Students capable of calming down and solving their own problems are more successful in school and in their own interpersonal relationships. Students with stronger problem-solving skills are more likely to be: academically successful, socially adjusted, less impulsive, and less aggressive.

The documents below contain Key Concepts and Key Words that will be taught and used throughout the months of March, April, and May. In addition, there are worksheets that can be downloaded and completed by families at home to reinforce the skills being learned.

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