We are really missing the boat as educators if we only focus on academic skills and neglect social skills.
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We probably all know people, who are really good listeners. No matter what kind of situation we’re in, they always seem to know what to say – and how to say it – so that we’re not offended or upset. They’re caring and considerate, and even if we don’t find a solution to our problem, we usually leave feeling better.
We probably also know people who are masters in managing their emotions. They don’t get angry in stressful situations. Instead, they have the ability to look at a problem and calmly find a solution.
People like this have a high degree of emotional intelligence. They know themselves very well, and they’re also able to sense the emotional needs of others.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is recognised by many psychologists as more important than IQ for the success or failure in life and…
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“A successful classroom community promotes positive social skills and academic achievement. Children learn best when they feel they are part of a community, where everyone feels accepted and where individuality is encouraged. Creating a classroom community requires planning and practice. Foster a sense of belonging where children learn how to participate in class meetings, work collaboratively, and resolve conflicts peacefully with some of these resources.”
Here you’ll find thematic lesson plans, teaching ideas and articles for developing friendship and community in your classroom. This is particularly important when you have students with disabilities and students who are English Language Learners in your class. They will often have a difficult time making friends and may even be picked on by their classmates for being different. Too often we focus solely on the academic progress of our students when the true measure of their success in school and in adult life is going to be their social skills.