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Social-Emotional Curriculum

TOOLBOX by Dovetail Learning

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 Integration


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


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