Supporting Emotional Intelligence
According to NAEYC there are five key areas where teachers can help students to build a higher emotional intelligence. These areas are:
- recognizing emotions in oneself and others
- understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
- labeling emotions accurately
- expressing emotions in ways that are appropriate for the time, place, and culture
- regulating emotions
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In order to find ways to support these areas, we can start by using the very verbs that are in the phrases as a jumping off point. View the slideshow below for strategies and ideas to support emotional intelligence.
These key areas are also referred to by the acronym of RULER which was created by the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence. At Yale, they have also determined courses of study and in-school training programs to help educators teach emotional intelligence skills to their students. This is where the acronym RULER comes in most conveniently, taking those areas and giving them an easily recalled name and set of tools to use.
According to a preschool teacher that has been trained in RULER, “Before RULER, the classroom was often chaotic. When a difficult situation happened, it was really hard to get the students to calm down or tell us what was on their mind. Now, they’re able to calm down, relax, and tell us what’s on their mind. It’s a lot smoother, and I enjoy coming in every day to work with the kids.”
You can read more about the RULER program at https://casel.org/guideprogramsruler/