Social-Emotional Learning Program

Philosophy

Browning’s program in Social-Emotional Learning provides a structure around which boys from Kindergarten through Form VI develop deeper awareness of themselves and their relationships with others. Aligned with the school mission, the goals for Social-Emotional Learning embrace the growth in each boy of resilience, perseverance, understanding of himself, empathy for others, informed decision-making, healthy relationships, and social engagement. A multifaceted approach weaves together the focused efforts of homeroom teachers, advisors, counselors, health educators, ethical technology educators, and peer guidance. The Middle School boy undergoes tremendous changes - physical, social and emotional - as he makes his way through puberty to adolescence. Browning’s specific programs in health, science, advisory, and peer leadership help boys prepare for this transition and face the challenges within it. External vendors, including Hallways and Cyber-Safety, supplement the work of the faculty. 

Grade Six Health
This course continues the development of the health curriculum including growth changes occurring during puberty; nutrition; physical fitness and how it leads to a healthy life; safety and first aid; the safe use of medicines and the harmful use of drugs; the dangers of smoking and nicotine use; communicable and lifestyle diseases; hygiene and daily care for good health. Sexuality education continues to develop themes introduced in Grade 5 Science surrounding physical, social and emotional changes in boys and girls during puberty, and sexual reproduction. This course also focuses on developing and maintaining positive relationships with others consistent with the school mission and the goals of character education. As a supplement to discussions, students read articles from the publication of Weekly Reader “Current Health for Kids.”

Form II
Today, more than ever before, boys are faced with personal and societal challenges that require responsible decision-making skills. The Form II health program recognizes the adolescent as an individual who is becoming independent. The course assists boys in making healthy choices in the transition from childhood to adulthood. The class meets weekly in a discussion format. Boys are expected to participate in the discussions and present additional issues that they may encounter. The following topics are presented for discussion: nutrition and the body, anxiety, suicide, depression, substance abuse, sexual responsibility, dating situations, sexually transmitted diseases, safety and community involvement. Selected readings are assigned to prepare students for the discussions of the topics. Throughout the year, special programs coordinated by the school nurse explore health-related topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, accident prevention, and the study of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Enrichment/Study Skills

Boys in Grades Five, Six and Form I need to develop techniques and strategies that will enable them to become successful, independent learners. The purpose of this program is to help students acquire good study habits and explore problem-solving strategies. Topics covered in the study skills portion of the course include note taking (two column method), use of graphic organizers, all stages of the writing process, reading comprehension strategies, interpreting infographics, grammar, test-taking skills, critical thinking, analogies, development of listening skills, organization and time management. Additionally, students expand their writing skills through various elaboration strategies and through the use of Inspiration 9, a computer program and app, designed to help students brainstorm their ideas before writing.