Social Development

In Third Grade we have regular Class Meetings and Second Step Lessons each week.  These class meetings are essential for the social development of students at this age.   At home, class meetings can be extended to family meetings.  You can encourage students to use our class meeting process to resolve conflicts that challenge them at home during the year.

Class meetings…

  • Create an atmosphere where students know they count, where accountability is positive, where teachers and other students understand the motivation behind behavior and where students are included in the problem solving to ensure that both they and their peers can enjoy being at school.
  • Emphasize competency, community and self-worth.
  • Empower students with courage, confidence, and important life-skills with which to face life’s ups and downs.
  • Provide students with a positive means to address joys, fears and problems each day, ensuring a happy confident student.


Class Meetings teach children…

Perceptions of Empowerment:

  1. “I am capable”
  2. “I contribute in meaningful ways, and I am genuinely needed”
  3. “I use my personal power to make choices that influence what happens to me and my community.


  1. Intrapersonal Skills—The ability to understand personal emotions, to use that understanding to develop self-discipline and self-control, and to learn from experiences.
  2. Interpersonal Skills—The ability to work with others through listening, communicating, cooperating, negotiating, sharing and empathizing.
  3. Systemic Skills—The ability to respond to the limits and consequences of everyday life with responsibility, adaptability, flexibility, and integrity.
  4. Judgment Skills—The ability to develop wisdom and evaluate situations according to the appropriate values.