Developing emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand our emotions in-depth and manage them in the best possible way. It is very important to develop it both in boys and girls at an early age. Emotional intelligence teaches them the importance of self-discovery to get used to dealing with life’s challenges with positivity and enthusiasm. It provides them with a tool to express their emotions freely when something pleases or bothers them. Ultimately, the ability to manage our emotions well, whether our own or those of others, is a necessary skill.

Teachers can promote emotional intelligence in the classroom in the following ways:

  1. Help them learn more about their emotions and those of others. It is a long process that requires a lot of patience. The first thing to do is identify which emotions you experience in different everyday situations to figure out why they happen.   
  2. Get them to adopt a positive attitude. Children’s attitude toward life is fundamental, and they must be taught that they need to be optimistic despite difficulties and obstacles.
  3. Help manage stress. Many children experience stress; due to family and school pressure placed on them. Stress can be controlled or improved through relaxation exercises and sports.
  4. Develop emotional activities. Having an assembly with their classmates and letting each one express the emotions they feel daily in a natural way. As a result, this is very positive because it helps children develop a personality capable of handling feelings and empathizing with others.
  5. Accentuate social skills. Social interaction is essential to developing empathy for others; it allows us to understand the emotions of the people around us and to act accordingly.

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