Dovetail Learning recently presented a Parent Workshop on The Toolbox Project, John Muir's new social emotional curriculum. Toolbox was implemented school wide in 2014.
Toolbox is a K-6 curriculum that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social and academic success. Children learn 12 simple yet powerful Tools. With practice these tools become valuable personal skills: self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills; these in turn foster responsible decision-making. Because the techniques are simple and the language is shared, children adopt the tools and master them quickly.
Toolbox starts with each child, building self-knowledge and self-mastery; it soon improves empathy and communication and helps resolve conflicts in the classroom, playground and whole school community. Children experience their own power and naturally take more responsibility for managing themselves and solving problems.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Toolbox builds a critical foundation for whole child development as well as academic success. Despite growing pressure to improve academic results, decades of research has proven that children cannot learn until they feel safe and are able to understand and manage their emotions and social interactions. It has shown that:
1) social and emotional skills are essential for academic learning,
2) these skills can be taught and learned, and
3) this kind of training has powerful benefits for life success.