Toolbox is a research-based, community-tested, social and emotional learning program that fosters the development of resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for others. We all believe social/emotional well being is important. Toolbox simply gives us a framework in
which to practice an on-going, consistent, intentional focus on this area of children’s learning.
The Metaphor of the TOOLBOX
BOX = who we are as unique individuals: bodies, minds, emotions, attitudes and personalities.
TOOLS inside = inherent human capacities to navigate life’s complexities and challenges.
Inquiry based curriculum - the Tools are already inside us.
Foundation of TOOLBOX by Dovetail Learning
12 human capacities that reside within all of us and bring forward a set of skills and practices that help students access their own inner resilience at anytime, in any context.
• Breathing Tool
“I calm myself and check-in”
• Quiet/Safe Place Tool
“I remember my quiet/safe place.”
• Listening Tool
“I listen with my ears, eyes and heart”
• Empathy Tool
“I care for others. I care for myself”
• Personal Space Tool
“I have a right to my space and so do you.”
• Using Our Words Tool
“I use the ‘right’ words in the ‘right’ way”
• Garbage Can Tool
“I let the little things go”
• Taking Time Tool
“I can take time-in and time-away”
• Please and Thank You Tool
“I treat others with kindness and appreciation”
• Apology and Forgiveness Tool
“I admit my mistakes and work to forgive others”
• Patience Tool
“I am strong enough to wait”
• Courage Tool
“I have the courage to do the right thing”
Through using the twelve tools in TOOLBOX, students can develop:
• SELF AWARENESS: Self reflection is the foundation of social and emotional intelligence and
essential for self management, self mastery and empathy.
• EMPATHY: With personal rights, come personal responsibilities to others.
Academic Readiness - self regulation tools
(breathing, quiet/safe place, garbage can as positive anchors)
Literature - explore characters
Social Studies - explore historical or current figures, what Tools could they have used
Test Taking - breathing, quiet/safe place
Arts - creative exploration of tools
Science - physiological impact of tools
Positive Discipline/Behavior Management - self reflection papers