Friday, December 27, 2013


Emotional Intelligence is often overlooked or minimized in the classroom environment. Neuroscientists are discovering that the Limbic System part of the brain, the part of the brain that contains our emotional intelligence, is just as important as our Neo Cortex part of the brain which contains our 'thinking brain' and individual IQ. According to Daniel Goleman, there are five aspects to Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness, Managing Emotions (anxiety, fear, anger), Motivation, Empathy, and Social Skills (conflict resolution, relationship building) Giving teachers the skills and awareness to navigate and understand their own emotions as well as helping their students through their own emotional growth, is part of what this blog is about. Take notes on this video. It's a keeper.

As teachers, we often focus on the thinking brain, or the Neo Cortex part of the brain.  This inspiring lecture covers the importance of the Limbic System part of the brain, the part that contains our emotional intelligence. There are positive consequences for addressing the emotional intelligence of children in the classroom.

A brief overview of addressing emotional intelligence in the classroom.

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