As I noted in my previous post, I’m going to spend a week or so writing about the importance of teaching children emotional and social intelligence skills in the schools.
Research has shown that learning emotional intelligence helps children resolve conflicts non-violently, as well as improve their academic performance. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
The George Lucas Educational Foundation includes social and emotional intelligence as one of its six “core concepts” for public school success (the other five are: integrated studies, project learning, comprehensive assessment, teacher development, and technology integration). Edutopia, the magazine and website of the foundation, has a whole section on social and emotional intelligence that includes articles, videos, and links to other resources. It’s a good primer not only on the importance of teaching emotional and social intelligence, but on ways that these intelligences can be taught.