James N. Thorp Elementary

James N. Thorp Elementary School

As the schools art therapist my roll is to find creative ways to improve student's social and emotional learning skills. When developing specific art directives I frame my actives around the primary Illinois social/emotional learning standards: 1. Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success, 2. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, 3. Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts. In addition, I also strive to develop directives that meet the needs and/or personal desires of each student.