Norman-Sims Elementary

Social and Emotional Learning

Class sitting for a morning circle activity

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness.

SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships and our work effectively and ethically.

These skills include recognizing and managing emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.

You can learn more about Social and Emotional Learning, how it impacts your student and why it's important in this video.

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success both socially and academically. Each morning, in every classroom across Norman-Sims, students and teachers start their day in a circle for 15 to 20 minutes to build community, relationships and social-emotional skills:


  1. Greeting: Students and teachers greet one other by name.
  2. Sharing: Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
  3. Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game).
  4. Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.