Emotional Intelligence Out Of The Box
Emotional Intelligence can be defined as ‘ the capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships’. ‘Emotional Intelligence –Why it can matter more than IQ– Daniel Goleman’
Whilst some aspects of Emotional Intelligence can be seen as the consequences of children’s experiences from birth it is also vital to recognise that some aspects can be taught. Teaching children to develop emotional intelligence creates opportunities for self determination as well as social awareness, key aspects of PSHE and citizenship.
Emotional Intelligence Out of The Box is a collection of 200 colour coded cards designed to provide starting points, ideas, discussion points and opportunities for reflection. They can be adapted to suit the specific needs of any ability or age group.
The box can be used within a class or ideally form the basis of a whole school approach to developing emotional intelligence for children.
There are three strands to this approach:-
Self awareness and positive management of emotions ¨
Establishing successful relationships with others ¨
Social Values based on common cultural values
Emotional Intelligence Out Of The Box contains practical suggestions for building a supportive learning environment which fosters emotional intelligence through
C = Challenge, a low stress and high challenge classroom
R = Refuge, where children are safe to learn to take risk
E = Excitement, a stimulating place that celebrates success
A = Aspirations, nurturing hope and personal ambition
T = Team, building a sense of belonging, inclusion.
E = Each one, recognising the strengths of every individual
The cards are colour coded for ease of use,
Cream Introduction to Emotional Intelligence, format for Circle Time, CREATE the supportive
Blue Section 1 Emotions, activities to promote self awareness and management of emotions
Green Section 2—Relationships with others, active listening skills, empathy, co-operation, resolving conflict
Gold Section 3—Social Values, encouraging reflection and understanding of the needs of others