SMSD News: Essential subject – Social emotional learning

SMSD is teaching students how to deal with stress and anxiety and seek support.

For about two minutes during the school day, Eman Raza and her fifth-grade classmates take time to create a calm classroom.

With their teacher’s help, everyone pauses, breathes, and refocuses. Raza likes how it can turn the entire day around. 

“Whenever I’m troubled or worried these breaks help my mindset,” Raza expressed. “It helps me focus in class.” It’s a skill she uses sometimes even if the teacher isn’t guiding the activity. “I can always do the exercises when I need it,” Raza shared. “I don’t have to worry about what troubles me.”