Our PhilosophyLife lessons belong in the classroom as well as the home.
It’s true: helping a young person feel connected can save their life. Let’s face it,young people today are inundated with information, technological tools and a near-constant connectivity through social media that they find incredibly difficult to unplug from.
Their own bedrooms may not be the safe havens they used to be. What was once a private space is now a public forum, where a young person can be all alone and yet utterly exposed, reacting to provocation spontaneously in ways that can have serious long-term repercussions on their real-world relationships and reputations. And it’s happening constantly! This is their experience.
The digital realm is a world in which adult guidance is largely absent, and that isn’t likely to change. But we can teach young people to protect themselves and each other. We can help them get to know themselves better by taking some space from the virtual to venture inside…to truly know themselves. The sooner the better!
Talking to kids about their social and emotional intelligence is only part of the solution. Educators have a place in their students’ lives as teachers of character, not just of curriculum. But how can we articulate and convey the values of a healthy society in a systematized, measurable way that works in a classroom setting?
Students learn best through experience. Offering them opportunities to practice compassion, self-reflection, and social awareness can keep them become more positive, focused, and connected to their classmates and the school community.
At Imperative Education, we offer heart-centred interactive experiences that can help young people to develop a sense of accountability for their own life journey. We work directly with students through presentations and workshops, and also with educators through Social and Emotional Learning workshops and resources.
Our practical, user-friendly tools can help teachers guide their students onto the “right” road – and keep the class character on track.
It is through ongoing character development that we become better at managing our emotions and understanding how they affect the choices we make, the relationships we have and our outlook in life.
For teachers, having ready to use resources on hand can make all the difference in integrating character development (SEL) into everyday lessons.