An introduction to teaching social, emotional learning

“Emotional Intellignece is not another subject to add to a full plate – it’s the plate on which everything else sits.”
  1. What did you learn at school that made the most impact on your life?
  2. What teacher had the greatest influence? Why?  What were their character traits, behaviours and values?
  3. How well equipped are to practice Emotional Intelligence and integrate it in your lessons and school life?

In the classroom we teach who we are.  The better we know ourselves, our strengths, weaknesses and understand our emotions the better we can equip the children around us to navigate their emotions. Simple yet profound, when educators and staff are upskilled in EQ it creates opportunity for the ‘Wisdom Within’ to become more readily accessible during the more challenging moments of learner behaviour and peer interactions.

“The value of getting students to understand and deal with their own emotions cannot be overstated.  Studies show that students in SEL programs not only perform better on achievement tests, but also have significantly fewer suspensions and expulsions, better school attendance, higher grades, and decreased prevalence of high-risk behaviors such as violence, drug and alcohol use.” -Katherine Gustafson, YES! Magazines

The introduction to Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom is a collection of four half-day workshops, presented by Candice Smith, that serve as an introduction to Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and how to apply it in the classroom.  EQ is known as Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the school environment.  The workshops are based around the Six Seconds EQ Model and incorporate elements of the Self-Science program.  In his bestselling book Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman calls this program “a model for the teaching of emotional intelligence” (1995, p. 268).