Highline Students Are Latest To Learn About Emotions Along With ABCs

The Seattle Times ~ March 16th, 2016 | Kids at Southern Heights Elementary School in Burien are learning this month what to do in those few seconds after they feel a flash of anger, but before they act in a way that could land them in the principal’s office.

Instead of lashing out, you take a deep breath and imagine how your “best self” would handle it. It’s called a “meta-moment,” part of a new effort this year to teach emotional smarts alongside academics. The school is using an approach called RULER, one of many programs being used by schools around the country to promote social and emotional learning.

RULER was developed at Yale University to show students — and their teachers and principals— how to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate emotions.

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