All students in Eastchester Middle School receive a social and emotional curriculum taught by Guidance Counselor Kristin Spillane called TLC, Tools for Life's Challenges, where they learn a variety of topics about mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, kindness and civility.
After each month's lesson, students have the opportunity to complete an optional enrichment assignment related to the month's lesson. Those who completed and submitted every month's assignment for the year won the TLC award.
“The TLC curriculum is very skill based, and much of what is taught can be generalized and immediately put to use throughout a student's school day or at home,” said Spillane. “I tell the students that the purpose of TLC lessons is to help you live a happier life.” Spillane explained the benefits of practicing these skills directly leads to increased performance, better quality communication and relationships, more of an ability to self-regulate and, in turn, more happiness.
The TLC enrichment assignments ask students to put what they learned into real-life situations and reflect upon what they noticed. “I really believe that this content will contribute to raising the emotional IQ of students, and middle school is an essential time for this learning!” she said.