Recognition of Social and Emotional Growth Celebrated at GEMS

Target 2: Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment -FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Develop learning habits that are necessary for collaborative learning and leadership.

Indicator of Success – Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.

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Every month at the Georgia Elementary School children are recognized for social, emotional and academic growth. During school lunch periods, Principal, Steve Emery and Guidance Counselor Cindy Little, present “Proud Principal Awards.”  The awards are presented to students who have been recognized by staff members for a variety reasons.

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The recognition is meant to honor the character traits that are being exhibited and praise the modeling efforts students share among peers. Student recognition can be for a variety of traits such as: helpfulness, friendliness, inquisitive thinking, supportive behavior, honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility and academic efforts.

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Research shows that promoting social and emotional skills can lead to a reduction of aggression and physical violence among children while also promoting academic achievement and an improved ability to function while in school. Children demonstrating respect for others while practicing positive interactions, and being rewarded, are more likely to demonstrate such behavior in school and working environments. Students who feel secure and respected can better apply themselves to studies and lifelong learning skills with great appreciation.

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Children cheer for “Proud Principal Awards” and our entire learning community is thankful for the great efforts of all children each and every day!

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1 thought on “Recognition of Social and Emotional Growth Celebrated at GEMS

  1. Way to keep in mind the Responsive Classroom Guiding Principle, “The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.”


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