I find that more and more parents and teachers are complaining that our youth have underdeveloped social skills. Instead of face to face encounters, many youngsters have their attention buried in their electronic devices, and they are not learning to read important social cues. As a result, many children are not developing their emotional intelligence.
What Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Emotional Intelligence?
What are Some Key Symptoms of a Weak Emotional Intelligence?
- Individual often feels like others don’t “get it,” and it makes them feel impatient and frustrated.
- Individual often criticizes others.
- Individual is easily annoyed or angered when someone disagrees with them or has a different opinion.
- Individual is unaware or surprised that others are sensitive to his or her comments or jokes.
- Individual believes that his or her ideas and assertions are right and rigorously defends them.
- Individual finds others are to blame for his or her own mistakes.
- Individual has trouble managing negative emotions.
- Indivitiat lacks compassion or empathy for the feelings of others.
- Individual resists learning anything new.
- Individual has trouble reading facial expressions and nonverbal communication.
- Individual easily gives up when learning new content or when they reach a difficult problem.
What are Some Activities that can be Done to Develop Emotional Intelligence?
- Read articles such as Victims of Bullying Live with the Consequences for Decades, Study Says, and lead a discussion about what your student or students learned from the article.
- Brainstorm mindful ways that students can manage stressful situations in school.
- Talk about the definition of resilience and grit. Ask students what they can do to develop these traits.
- Have your students take an online emotional intelligence test. Here are a couple options:
Ready Made Activity Cards for Developing Emotional Intelligence:
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