Social Emotional Learning
We believe that social emotional learning (SEL) is critical for educating the whole child.
Gifted or advanced learners have unique needs due to their asynchronous development—
the difference between their cognitive, emotional, and physical ages—which can manifest in challenges with perfectionism, self-esteem, peer relationships, and empathy. However, Telra's distinctive program is balanced to educate the whole child.
We have a threefold approach to SEL.
OUR STAFF: Telra hires teaching staff who are specialists in the social emotional needs of gifted children, and we are committed to their professional development to continually upgrade their skills.
OUR PEER MODEL: We surround asynchronously developing students with peers who are facing similar challenges. This helps them develop a stronger sense of belonging, and they can more easily make and keep friends.
The best coaches understand the importance of psychosocial strength training, or “mental toughness,” for elite athletic performance.
A good teacher recognizes that students also need to develop their inner game to realize their full academic and personal potential.
OUR CURRICULUM: Adopting a more advanced curriculum has multiple SEL benefits.
Teaching to material that has more depth and complexity allows us to weave SEL into the day naturally. Children can learn empathy and moral imagination through literature. They can learn emotional literacy and collaboration through project-based work.
Higher challenge encourages children to develop the attitude and the skill sets associated with learning and perseverance. These build a foundation for success in higher education and beyond.