The foundational cognitive skills and mental process that enable us to focus attention, remember instructions, control impulses and juggle multiple tasks.
The set of skills that allows us to understand our own emotions and manage our feelings in a positive manner.
The set of skills which allow us to relate to one another in a positive way, through understanding others’ feelings and behavior and responding in a way that promotes positive social interaction.
The set of skills which helps us address problems and conflicts between individuals in a positive manner as they arise.
The set of skills that allows us to push through challenges and continue to work towards a realistic goal.
Mindfulness is cross-cutting throughout IRC’s approach to SEL, addressing skills in all five competencies. Mindfulness is defined as: the state of being aware and focused on the present moment; accepting the present while being open and curious about what is happening around and inside us. Students learn the benefits of mindfulness for reducing feelings of anxiety and stress, focusing their attention and learning to persevere through hardship.