Social Skills at Metropolitan Schoolhouse
At Metropolitan Schoolhouse we believe that social skills provide the foundation on which our lives are built. Safety, acceptance, consistency, self-awareness, sharing, friendship and an understanding of the world around us all provide a solid foundation for academic skills. Effective communication skills, leadership skills and conflict resolution skills are an integral part of the curriculum. Our students learn resiliency and take personal responsibility for individual actions, creating a positive and safe school environment where students can be open to learning and trying new things.
Incorporating Social Skills into the Curriculum
Facilitate Learning Through Everyday Activities
Naturally occurring behaviors and everyday events are used to teach and reinforce appropriate social behavior. Students are “caught” naturally making appropriate decisions or situations are devised that give students the opportunity to practice making good choices.
Social-emotional and behavioral interventions are individually developed for students experiencing a specific difficulty or who have previously been identified as at risk for problem behaviors. Individualized interventions remediate existing behaviors and also teach students an appropriate replacement behavior.
Environmental factors also play a role in the acquisition of social skills. Structure, routine and the physical set-up of the classroom are vital components in developing positive social skills. Students learn in a classroom that is organized, child-centered, stimulating and provides ample opportunities for positive interactions with peers and teachers.
Social and Emotional Wellness
Small Class Size
Our small class size allows for more meaningful interactions between students, teachers and parents. Individualized student attention and interventions encourage positive social skills and increased on-task behavior.
Diversity of Ages
Our multi-age classroom model allows students to cooperate with other students of various developmental stages and ability levels. This increases both self-awareness and the acceptance of differences.
Social Skills Curriculum
Individual, small group and classroom social skills are modeled and taught in the moment and also through the Positive Peer Reporting (PPR) and Stop and Think social skills programs.
Social Work Services
The faculty at Metropolitan Schoolhouse works closely with Whole Family, Inc. to provide individual, small group and whole class support and interventions.