Teach Emotional Intelligence

By teaching children to understand their feelings, we help them access their passions.

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After I participated in a recent brainstorm session, I spoke with a colleague who made this suggestion which I felt warranted a share.  When I asked my 12 year old, what feelings she would want to learn about in school, she said embarrassment and anger.  Does developing emotional intelligence allow our students to more easily access their greatest interests and passions and become better citizens?  Might understanding our emotions help us grow our confidence to reach way higher?

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Melissa,
I think that socio-emotional learning is an important part of education and is often left out. How have you seen it be successfully taught? How might it help students be more successful in high school and college?

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