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Five domains of BSEM teacher practice

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Building blocks to achieve academic and personal growth

The five domains of the Berry Street Education Model correspond with child-development capacities that each student must grow in order to be ‘ready to learn’. When considering how to best meet the needs of students, we focus on building self-regulatory ability, relational capacity and then nurture wellbeing and willingness to engage in learning.

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Increasing students’ capacity for physical and emotional regulation of the stress response, de-escalation and focus.

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Nurturing on-task learning through relational classroom management strategies.

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Creating a culture of academic persistence by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset.

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Motivating students with strategies that increase their willingness to learn.

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Harnessing a values and character strengths approach for learning and future pathways.

Working together, BSEM helps schools strengthen their whole-school approach to build consistency and predictability across all classrooms throughout the school.

A great way to learn more about our approach is to pick up your own copy of Creating Trauma-Informed Strengths Based Classrooms written by BSEM co-authors as an accessible introduction to start enacting some of our strategies to increase student engagement and learning.

Learn how to get started with the BSEM course at your school.