A team of us at BCS are about to embark on a series of training this school year focusing on social emotional learning and emotional intelligence through Yale University with Marc Brackett. Brackett, in the article Today’s Students May Be Emotionally Unprepared contends that “The problem — and the solution — is not intellectual. It’s emotional.” I’ve posted about the importance of empathy and emotional intelligence in the past, both of which align with Brackett’s notion of the problem-solution. His research on emotional literacy includes five critical components best remembered by the acronym, RULER:
- Recognizing emotions in self and others
- Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
- Labeling emotions accurately
- Expressing emotions appropriately
- Regulating emotions effectively
Do you believe? “Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships and health. Mastering the skills of emotional intelligence paves the way for greater well-being, better relationships and overall effectiveness — for college students, for students from kindergarten through high school and for the adults who surround them, including educators and parents.”
If so, are our students today prepared for the world ahead of them? They are at BCS because we know the importance of emotional intelligence and we work to infuse social emotional learning with our Moral Compass daily into our intellectual learning with students.
Take a look at the 17 minute video with Marc Bracket giving us an introduction to emotional literacy and its importance.