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Social Awareness & Relationship Skills

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Learning is powerful when it is social—when we learn with and from each other. Social Awareness & Relationship Skills are essential for forming and maintaining positive relationships so that peers and teachers can become learning partners.

Main Ideas

Social Awareness is the understanding of social norms for behavior and the ability to recognize and understand the perspectives and feelings of others. Social Awareness allows children to empathize with people from diverse backgrounds and to recognize the Social Supports available from family members, at school, and in the community.

Relationship Skills are the specific interpersonal skills based on Social Awareness that allow students to communicate with and get along with others, including cooperating and preventing or resolving interpersonal conflicts.

Strong Social Awareness & Relationship Skills are associated with better social adjustment and academic achievement, as well as lower levels of conduct problems and emotional distress.

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