That was the question posed to me by my boy this morning, after his sister had been upset over breakfast options. Are emotional dispositions a “teachable skill”? Can we “teach” affective skills the way we now are teaching thinking/cognitive skills?
Given the importance that even employers are placing in a workforce that is emotionally competent, why is it taking us so long to integrate Emotional Intelligence research and evidence to our mainstream teaching approaches and curricula?
Frameworks like the International Baccalaureate include Affective Skills in their
Approaches To Learning, but the implicit teaching and instruction of these skills within the group subjects has still a long way to go.
As a school or as a teacher, what curricular applications of the field of Emotional
Intelligence have you found to be effective?
As a parent, how relevant do you think emotional intelligence is to the development of your child as a whole person?
My son seems to believe that a person can be good (or bad) at ‘sensing’, as he puts it. How can we know?