Integrating Emotional Literacy into Your School Curriculum

Today’s educators are aware of the importance of integrating Social and Emotional Learning as part of their curriculum. This brings up the following questions:

  • Can we teach emotional intelligence as we teach science or math?
  • Is emotional intelligence part of a child’s nature, or can it be nurtured?
  • Are we teaching a set of moral values thinking that we are teaching emotions?
  • Is it only applicable to children who are aggressive or weak?
  • Can counseling develop emotional intelligence?

All these questions stem from the fact that there is no standard definition of emotions, nor is there a standard curriculum to teach emotions. That’s why we have developed a practical method to teach emotions. If we want to develop our students’ EQ, we need to improve their Emotional Literacy. Emotional Literacy refers to the ability to label and name emotions precisely. We can’t see emotions directly, so if we need to access them, we need to depend on language or our body because these give us clues. Just like we teach linguistic Literacy, it is possible to teach emotional Literacy. It begins with teachers’ emotional Literacy and by integrating emotions into our teaching practices, either directly or indirectly.

AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO DEVELOP EMOTIONAL COMPETENCY

Teacher Training and Certification

Teachers and administrators have several unique and important possibilities for elevating emotional Literacy in their students. Teachers may not realize the authority the students have given them because these conversations happen at home. Teachers are the standard-bearers of formal education, whether it is always visible or not. This influence can help students take emotional learning seriously.

Online, On-Site, and Blended Learning Programs

We can help your teachers develop emotional competency through online training. We can deliver custom learning interventions for multiple groups within your school. If necessary, we can organize in-person workshops presented in your school. Parents play an essential role in the success of an emotional literacy program. We can train parents and help them align with your school’s emotional Literacy program.

Curriculum Development and Content Licensing

We can help your institution make emotions a formal subject or lesson. We can also support students by designing emotions into their current curriculum. We understand that every school environment is different and can help you generate emotional learning for your students through the creation of context in the classroom. This method is an essential lesson for students to learn, as they are moving through their education.

WHAT THE TEACHERS SAY ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?

“As a teacher who has tried to teach emotions, I find the more I am able to name and understand emotions and the way emotions serve us, the easier it is to teach emotional literacy to students. This program makes it easy to understand how to speak with children about emotions using easy to comprehend explanations and examples of emotions. I appreciated how this program gives specific examples which are very relevant to classroom or home situations.”

Sheila Pyne, B.A., B.Ed., LPN, Argyll Centre, Edmonton Public School Board, Alberta, Canada

“Our work on emotions has been instrumental in fostering a culture of trust and stability in our school district. It is because of this learning that we have become a resilient, compassionate organization characterized by understanding each other first, then celebrating our growth and results.”

Julie Everly, Superintendent, Michigan, USA

DESIGNED AND DELIVERED BY EDUCATIONAL LEADERS

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Dan Newby, Emotional Literacy Consultant and Coach

Dan Newby is a long-time coach and teacher working with coaches, leaders, and educators. He is the author of 4 books on emotional literacy, co-creator of Emoli™ Emotion Flash Cards, teaches online courses, and delivers masterclasses worldwide.

Dan was a Senior Course Leader for Newfield Network for eight years. In those years he led coach training programs in the U.S., Amsterdam and at the University of Calgary. He has worked with several school systems in the U.S., global commercial enterprises and NGOs. His individual clients live in all parts of the world and range from executive and senior leaders to front line managers. Twenty plus years as a business leader at all levels gives him insight into the challenges and needs of employees, managers, and leaders across the organization.

Dan’s passion for elevating emotional literacy fuels his writing, teaching, and development of games to help people learn the value of emotions and the many ways they enrich our lives. Dan was born in the U.S., has lived in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He currently lives near Barcelona, Spain.

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