When students are connected to themselves in every way—physically, mentally, and emotionally—magic happens. Your learners become clear-headed, confident, and eager to explore the unknown.
They work better together, share stronger communications, and overcome obstacles to discovery with ease. Having emotional intelligence opens gateways to powerful learning, and you can help your students find it. The keys are here in Emotional Intelligence in Students.
Emotional intelligence is our ability to "identify, evaluate, control, and express our emotions." The benefits of having emotional intelligence include:
- Increased self-awareness
- Stress management
- Higher motivation
- More empathy and compassion for others
- Better communication and decision-making
- Better relationships
When students work on having it, they learn to better understand themselves and others. In turn, this translates to better learning through resiliency, determination, and communicative abilities. Conversely, lacking in emotional awareness makes learning more difficult because of the effect it has on the mind and body. When we feel out of control of ourselves and how we feel, everything is harder—including learning.
Emotional Intelligence in Learning
The question is how we can help our students begin to understand and manage their emotions effectively. Suggestions offered in the infographic below are:
- Making an effort to identify emotions
- Listening to students' feelings
- Having empathy
- Teaching problem-solving skills
- Modelling emotional awareness
How are you and your learners exploring the benefits of emotional intelligence together?