Emotional Intelligence: A skill to succeed in the future

Posted by Akshay Salaria on Mar 8, 2021 8:22:02 PM
Akshay Salaria

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Daniel Goleman

Emotional connectivity is a crucial component of effective eLearning design and development. It is essential to discuss students' feelings as that helps increase self-confidence and motivation, promotes risk-taking, and facilitates creative expression, all of which are crucial factors of a successful eLearning experience.

Learning can be enhanced by generally addressing the students' emotions.

Daniel Goleman

According to Daniel Goleman, the author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, the ability to understand our feelings and those of others to empower us and handle emotions well in ourselves and our relationships is emotional intelligence.


How TO nurture emotional intelligence in your students:
  • Self-awareness: 

It is the ability to define one's feelings and thoughts correctly and understand how they affect our actions. This involves analysing our strengths objectively and where we need to improve, contributing to a grounded sense of trust and optimism.

Self-awareness can be rapidly stimulated in online learning processes by asking students, "Why?" and "How are you feeling?". Simple questions like these help students understand, name, communicate and channel their feelings precisely at the point they occur.

  • Self-Regulation:

It is the ability in different circumstances to control one's thoughts and behaviours. Self-regulation requires understanding and handling stress, regulating urges, encouraging oneself, setting personal and academic goals, and working towards them.

Branching scenarios are one of the strategies you can use to explain the consequences of making one or another decision. Students may analyse the results of their actions in this way and learn if different decisions might have had a better impact.

  • Motivation:

Children need motivation irrespective of remote learning or in-person classes. You can encourage students to participate in various modes, like coding, gamification, etc. This way, they will not lose engagement and will keep learning. You should also offer incentives to push your students to do better. Rewards and prizes always help!

  • Empathy:

Taking the perspective of another person, especially if they are from a different context and culture, is a crucial ability and helps students handle an increasingly diverse world better.

Activities that promote empathy include:

  1. Alternate roles: Set tasks that encourage students, either in a debate or in written assignments, to take an alternative approach. It is frustrating to be forced to debate or discuss a viewpoint in which we do not agree, but it can help develop a more open-minded view of the world.
  2. Conflict skills: Team projects are a natural way to help students cultivate empathy, but it can be difficult for team members to be unable to accept new ideas or be immovable in their opinions. It is common to be "right" to negate or neglect others' experiences and feelings and contribute to the conflict. Along with team assignments that will promote win-win situations, remember to delegate dispute resolution guides.


How can LEAD help build emotional intelligence in students?

emotional intelligence in students

LEAD understands emotional and mental support is essential in these testing times. LEAD organises Social and Emotional Learning sessions (SEL) once every week. This benefits the children by managing their emotions, showing empathy, and setting and achieving goals.

These objectives, coupled with cultivating positive relationships, promote the overall development of a young mind. 

With its unique attributes such as Digital Learning Content, Physical Reader & Workbooks, Learning activities, E-books, Regular assessments & Practices quizzes, LEAD has truly been an innovator in the education space. 

Personalised revisions, Home practice, live classes from a LEAD School expert teacher, Doubt clarification, and National competitions build students' emotional intelligence. To align your school's mission with us:Partner with us today

About the Author
Akshay Salaria
Akshay Salaria

Akshay is a Senior Marketing Manager at LEAD School. He is a digital marketing professional with experience in marketing and sales. His journey in teaching/education started as a volunteer at Teach India where he realised the importance of good quality teaching and also realised that not everyone in this country has had the privilege that he had at schooling.

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