Exercising emotional skills.
It is widely known that for many years, the IC was considered the key to school success. However, we know today that the IC is far from being it: on the contrary, science shows today that emotional intelligence holds that position in education.
Recognizing and mastering emotions, cultivating human relationships and empathy, knowing what motivates people, being interested in them, optimism, self-motivation, are just some of the socio-emotional skills and learning that the school currently must take into account and encourage, as much as it values content and academic excellence.
One of the objectives to raise educators’ awareness about the importance of the explicit education of emotions and the personal and social benefits that it entails, leading our students to adopt an intelligent way of feeling and acting, from an ethical perspective grounded on values.
It is essential to offer students the necessary time for training, exercising and practicing their socio-emotional skills, and abandon the ineffective preaching and punishing practices.
Thus, we add a new responsibility to school: to educate emotionally. Therefore, teachers will be the main emotional leaders of their students. They must grasp, understand and regulate individual and class emotions, guaranteeing an environment and an emotional climate suitable for learning, It is a big challenge, but it is the only way to contribute from our roles in school to a fairer and less selfish society.
“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”