Best Self at SCSC

SCSC's Best Self Initiative includes, but is not limitied to, the following components:

Best Self Initiative


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

Growth Mindset:

"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)...

Assertiveness Skills:

Get what you need; everyone still leaves happy! :)

Self-protection: awareness and skills to promote