Suzanne Day, Curriculum Coordinator
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Sacopee Valley is excited to be using RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the practice of emotional intelligence into daily life.  Why do we care about social and emotional skills?  Decades of research shows that emotional intelligence is essential to effective teaching and learning, sound decision making, physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond.  Research also shows that when schools and homes partner to support children’s emotional development, children not only feel better, but they do better.
Four Components

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Instead of rules of conduct, everyone in a school, team, or classroom agree on how everyone will be treated.

Mood Meter
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The Mood Meter is divided into four color quadrants each representing a different set of feelings.
  • RED feelings: high in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., angry, scared, and anxious)
  • BLUE feelings: low in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., sad, disappointed, and lonely)
  • GREEN feelings: low in energy and more pleasant (e.g., calm, tranquil, and relaxed)
  • YELLOW feelings: high in energy and more pleasant (e.g., happy, excited, and curious)

Meta Moment
Students are asked to explore what typically triggers them, causing them to feel anger or anxiety, and to practice learning to “stop” and take a deep, slow breath when they feel triggered.  This is the first step to calming the mind and being able to “respond” rather than “react.”

The Blueprint encourages both children and adults to understand and consider one another's thoughts and feelings when resolving conflicts or differences, and to identify solutions.

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