Imagine this, you are a elementary school teacher and you recently got a new student in your class named Selena. Selena shows up to class with a frown on her face, she’s restless, anxious, isn’t concentrate on school work and has a bad attitude. When you ask her about how her old school was she glares and says “I don’t know, leave me alone!” You don’t know why Selena is angry, and she might not know either.
Good teachers and parents know that having emotional intelligence is extremely important and it’s critical to the students educational development. In addition, several scientific research studies reveal that students with a high rate of emotional intelligence do better in school and in the workforce. In 2017, the World Economic Forum added skills such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and creativity as skills needed to be successful in the current job market.
Unfortunately not a lot of schools and teachers are teaching the basics of emotional intelligence. It takes time and effort from both teachers and parents to help children learn how to properly express how they’re feeling. At classDojo and the Yale center of Emotional Intelligence, we are using technology to create awareness of skills like mindfulness with the communication tools parents and teachers have been utilizing for a while now.
But where should we start with teacher-parent collaborations?
Here is a list of four questions teachers and parents should ask their child that will help them see issued sooner, smd notice concerns and opportunities to have more emotional and meaningful conversations about their feelings.
- How was school today?
- How does school make you feel thoughout the day while you are learning?
- Do you feel different during breaks or play time?
These questions will not only help your child express their emotions but it’ll also help them bond better with parents and teachers.
Find out more about ClassDOjo: https://betterlesson.com/blended-learning/strategy/4575/