Building the Inner Strength
Language helps us communicate in many ways, but it is only one component of the bigger picture. Aside from language, the communication toolkit includes empathy, knowledge, body language, facial emotions, and tone. To communicate effectively, we have to stay objective and be open to taking information in. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize our own emotions and the emotions of others, as well as the capacity to manage these emotions so that they don’t have an impact on our behaviors.
In the long run, greater social and emotional competence can increase the likelihood of high school graduation, readiness for postsecondary education, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) can be thought of as the process of teaching students the most critical skills and abilities they will need for their educational journey and their working life after that. Such skills assist students’ socialization and emotional development. SEL includes the following:
- Developing a sense of self, helathy identities
- Manage emotions
- Solving problems
- Overcoming obstacles
- Developing empathy
- Building and maintaining supportive relationships with other people
- Gaining a sense of social justice and learning to manage emotions