Social Emotional Support 1 (SES1)
At Governor Bent Elementary school there are two Social Emotional Support 1 (SES1) District classrooms. In a SES 1 class we focus not only on academics but on five key skills: Self Awareness, Self-management, Social Awareness, Relationship skills, and Responsible decision making. Not only are these skills important for success in all aspect of life, from school and education to employment, family, and community relationships. Students in this district program require an IEP to be supported in this specialized program.
We use ClassDojo, email, google meetings, and text messages as a way to communicate with families about behavior and important school information, activities, and incentives. In the SES 1 setting we focus on recognizing and rewarding positive behavior rather than focusing on the negative. We use Zones of Regulation to help students recognize their feelings as well as strategies they can use to respond to those emotions respectfully and responsibly.
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