The Highway Heroes Modules are organised into Year 1-3 and Year 4-6 groupings – which means that the program may be repeated from year to year. Repetition of concepts to facilitate learning occurs in all subjects so why not in Social and Emotional Learning? Social Learning Theory – one of the theories on which Highway Heroes is based – informs us that engaging in role plays and scenario- based activities embeds the skills and TOOLS into the students’ psychological muscle.
In Highway Heroes the junior students (Years 1-3) are provided with scenarios, and in the senior years (Years 4-6) they create their own. As a child’s social landscape changes annually, the program can accommodate and enhance the child’s social and emotional development each year. On each occasion a lesson is taught – even if for two weeks consecutively – children can experience different learning – particularly when their lived experiences are utilised. This approach also enhances the teacher’s understanding of social and emotional learning, and children have the opportunity to utilise their current social realities to gain greater understanding of, and find solutions to, the variety of challenges they are meeting.
Small group or whole class teaching resource that identifies the contribution of emotional self-management and resilience to social, emotional and learning success. Development of emotional self-management TOOLS to assist calming down, emotional self-monitoring, bouncing back, avoiding over-excitability and emotional overwhelm.