Learning requires children to pay attention, be patient, persist, persevere, face their mistakes, and remain focused, especially when frustrated. Each of these skills is rooted in children’s ability to understand, control and manage their own emotions and effectively deal with those of others.
When children are better able to manage intense emotions including stress and anxiety, their brain’s resources are better able to perform intensive critical thinking tasks of listening, concentrating and problem solving – essential skills for learning.
Because ECSEL is grounded in research, we continuously assess ourselves, our methods and our students’ success. This ongoing research helps us continue to learn about children’s growth and development and refine our approach so that our students benefit from the latest thinking and best practices.