Supportive Learning Environment
Classroom environment is one of the most important factors affecting student learning. Simply put, students learn better when they view the learning environment as positive and supportive. At St. Leonard we strive to maintain a positive environment where students feel a sense of belonging, trust others, and feel encouraged to tackle challenges, take risks, and ask questions.
Your child’s learning environment at St. Leonard is shaped by our Catholic values and facilitate Social-Emotional Learning. The spiritual (and moral) development of students’ has always been a tenet of a Catholic education this shapes our school culture (the way teachers and other staff members work together).
Catholic values inherently facilitate a supportive learning environment which allows teachers to focus on student achievement rather than discipline.
The SEL refers to your child’s ability to learn to establish and maintain relationships, manage their emotions, and cope with stress. (SEL) can equip students with the skills and competencies they need to develop resilience and effectively manage their behavior, emotions, and relationships with others. Here are specific examples of how we support students’ social-emotional learning (and meet the IL Learning Standards for SEL) when we live, teach, and model our Catholic Faith.
1. Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success. (Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Prayer & reflection; Responsive Classroom, Growing with God)
2. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships. (Works of Mercy, Service Learning; Collaboration, Empathy, Caring School Community)
3. Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts (Reconciliation, Virtues)