Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness
All schools attempt to develop the intellectual and physical growth of the child, yet an equally critical facet of childhood development—one that is all too often overlooked in schools—is the inner well-being of the child.
Effective social and emotional development reaps important benefits for students, including greater academic success, fewer behavioural issues, enhanced physical and emotional well-being, and improved peer and family relationships. There is a rigorous body of scientific evidence demonstrating the benefits of Social and Emotional Learning. Studies have consistently demonstrated that Social and Emotional Learning not only enhances the Emotional Quotient factors but also improves academic performance (Collaborative Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). With the support of our three Counsellors and our Head of Mindfulness, UWC Thailand integrates key Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness-based practices into everyday teaching in order to establish a supportive and positive classroom climate.
With Mindfulness, students learn to give themselves the breathing room they require to take in what’s happening in and around them, see it more clearly through a positive lens, and react more intentionally. By being curious about, and attending to, present moment experiences; students learn about their reactions, patterns, and themselves. They begin to understand that they have a choice and can take space to respond rather than react to everyday stresses. Mindfulness also supports students in developing self-compassion and compassion for others.
Ultimately, we aspire to cultivate a learning environment where our entire community is supported in their positive emotional development, critical thinking, resilience, and overall well-being. UWC Thailand incorporates Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness into the school day in a variety of ways.
UWC Thailand is considered a pioneer in embedding well-being and mindfulness into our curriculum.
Under the direction of our Head of Mindfulness, our entire community (students, staff, and parents) is invited to engage in practices that help them handle their emotions and behaviour skillfully, through a positive lens, with care and concern for themselves and for others.
This tool, designed by UWC Thailand, helps to explicitly develop emotional intelligence and a mindful way of being by using the Learner Profile as a lens for goal setting and self-reflection for both teachers and students.
Daily quiet time for students and teachers to engage in secularised Mindfulness practices. This is an opportunity for students and staff to calm and ground their minds and bodies shifting out of “thinking mode” into a “sensing mode” of mind—establishing balance between “doing” and “being.” This sensing mode of inquiry helps to ground us, enhancing our ability to then engage with a calmer, clearer perspective of what’s happening within, to, and around us.
Conflict Resolution & Council
Explicit skill development in emotional literacy, self-regulation, peer relations, and problem solving are included in our wellness education programme. With active listening, students engage in the community building practice of Council, a structured process where students and teachers take turns sharing and listening based on a variety of prompts. This structured process encourages meaningful and honest communication in a group.