This seminar invites students to learn how their emotional intelligence can guide choices and help ensure that people are treated with respect and kindness, despite any differences. Concrete tools are practiced to help students read their own emotions and understand the emotions of others more clearly. Practice is given to responding to situations in a just and fair way that shows empathy for everyone involved.
Faculty: Anna Smith - Language Arts 8
November 30, 2018
January 11, 2019
Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?
Great books: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee, and The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis all include characters learning about and acting with compassion.
Documentary: Won't You Be My Neighbor? PG-13. Rated 99% by Rotten Tomatoes, this documentary about Mister Fred Rogers takes us “into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.” In theatres now. Available for streaming September 4, 2018
Often, children are told to “be nice” but not coached in how to be empathetic. Students of this age do not fully understand their own emotions, or how their emotional responses to situations can have unintended effects. Evaluating emotional IQ can help students make more mindful, conscious decisions when reacting to emotionally charged situations.