“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” (Aristotle). The heart here, in scientific term, is Emotional Intelligence. EQ is an increasingly favourable and essential indicator for success in study, work, and life. Social-emotional intelligence has often long been neglected because we assume that children will learn it on their own through social interactions.
However, advanced education has fixed this deficit substantially by integrating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) as a crucial component in general education and providing children with formal training of these life skills at an early age. As a result, children soon learn to be independent and responsible, develop a positive identity, manage their negative emotions, communicate empathically, behave appropriately, and express love towards others.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR KIDS supports children at the ages of 8-11 to improve the five areas below:
- Self-awareness: identify one’s emotions, thoughts and values and understand how they influence behaviours; recognize one’s strengths and limitations; have a growth mindset.
- Self-management: manage one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors in daily situations; exhibit self-discipline and self-motivation.
- Social awareness: respect others, develop empathy and compassion towards others, express gratitude; identify diverse social norms.
- Relationship skills: communicate effectively; practice teamwork and collaborative problem-solving; resolve conflicts constructively.
- Responsible decision-making: understand what a decision is and how to make better decision rather than being impulsive.
(Adapted from CASEL’s Core competence areas 2021, https://casel.org/sel-framework/)
|2||I understand myself|
|3||I set goals and make plans|
|4||I am able to manage my emotions|
|5||I am good at communication|
|6||I work in a team|
|7||I love others|
|8||I solve problems|