Best Self at SCSC
SCSC's Best Self Initiative includes, but is not limitied to, the following components:
- Recognizing one's own thoughts (both positive and negative)
- Accurately identifying emotions/Emotional Intelligence
- Assessing our strengths, hopes, and even limitations
- The practice of effectively regulating one's emotions and behaviors, including anger, stress and motivation
- "After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Carol Dweck (Mindset: The New Psychology of Success) coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlining beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger!"
- How can we "grow' our brains? Learn new things! Practice! Don't give up!
The Science of Character Development:
- Core Virtues that lead to a meaningful life
- We can shape who we are and who we want to be!
Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution:
- Is this a big problem or a little problem?
- Strategies (independent and aided, verbal and nonverbal)
- Kelso's Choice Wheel as one tool
The 4 Gs:
- Grit: sustaining efforts and interest towards long term goals; researched by Angela Duckworth
- Gratitude: recognizing and appreciating assets vs dwelling on deficits
- Guts: courage and strength as beneficial virtues and skills
- Greater Good: such as gifts of introverts and extroverts, collaboration and communication as critical 21st century skills, rebutting labels, openness to differing viewpoints, philanthropy, upstander (vs bystander)...
- Get what you need; everyone still leaves happy! :)
- Self-protection: awareness and skills to promote