How is resilience taught?
Through a systematic, academic approach to teaching emotional intelligence, students acquire the knowledge and practice for developing resilience.
What is emotional intelligence?
Self-awareness: recognizing and labeling one’s feelings and accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations
Self-management: regulating emotions, delaying gratification, managing stress, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving goals
Social awareness: showing empathy, taking others’ perspectives, and recognizing and mobilizing diverse and available supports
Relationship skills: clear communication, accurate listening, cooperation, nonviolent and constructive conflict resolution, and knowing when and how to be a good team player and a leader
Responsible decision making: making ethical choices based on consideration of feelings, goals, alternatives and outcomes, and planning and enacting solutions with potential obstacles anticipated
Mental & Emotional Education & Training provides individuals with an academic system for learning and developing skills needed to achieve their goals and secure strength, resilience, and happiness. Achieving this requires exercise. The S.E.L. Resilience program provides tools combined with a system that is designed to educate and enable individuals of every age, ethnicity, gender, religious upbringing and socioeconomic background.
MENTAL STRENGTH | Mental strength refers to the measure of an individual’s resilience and confidence that can predict success in school, relationships, and the workplace. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. This is especially important when talking about education and schools because difficulties are very real and prevalent in our student’s lives and emotional development is often ignored by many of the school faculty, and even by teachers.
By learning effective techniques for developing mental strength from an early age to be used throughout life and into the golden years, emotional recovery occurs much faster. Students also begin learning how to deal with tough situations with pride, wisdom, and are more likely to lead with their mind instead of their emotions.
Just like money in a bank account, strength is gained and lost — it requires more deposits than withdrawals in order to achieve a healthy level.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE | Emotional intelligence, often referred to as EQ, provides the ability to acknowledge and control one’s emotions and to empathize.
It is composed of 5 elements that all incorporate this idea of recognizing emotions, discerning between feelings, and using emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularize emotional intelligence, these five key elements are:
- Social skills
- Responsible decision-making
A part of the curriculum will focus on each individual element to not only build this emotional intelligence, but also to teach and show just how important EQ is to this idea of emotional resilience.
EDUCATION | Mental and emotional resilience is already being taught throughout the world starting at the young age of five. What was once believed to be a talent with immeasurable benefits, is now recognized as a skill the can be taught academically and developed throughout a lifetime.
By implementing this curriculum in schools, these students are learning how to:
- communicate regularly and effectively
- maintain positive connections
- avoid seeing a crisis as unconquerable
- be accepting of change
- move towards goals
- take positive action
- achieve a positive view of yourself
Students will only be able to master these skills if it is taught on a regular basis in school or at home. In order to ensure that it will, in fact, be a part of their daily learning, implementation of the curriculum in schools is their only chance. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
TRAINING | The skill of being able to apply mental and emotional knowledge in the classroom requires specific and specialized training. This is where the S.E.L program essentially begins and is where, with the attention and focus of teachers and faculty, the idea of emotional resilience really takes off and starts to develop.
Correct training is vital and there are skills that teachers themselves need to learn to help their students. Some of these skills include:
- fostering independence
- recognizing accomplishments
- promoting emotional awareness
- providing structure
- encouraging self-empowerment
- keeping everything in perspective
This set of skills encourage development, mental stability, personal growth, and emotional resilience.
Benefits of Offering S.E.L. to Students
Children who learn social and emotional skills perform higher in standardized testing, demonstrate higher levels of classroom engagement and help to create a positive, enjoyable impact in their school environment. Plus, educated students are better equipped to deal with the demands of school and life beyond the classroom.
With a structured learning program, students from Kindergarten through 12th grade can learn emotional intelligence and mental resilience, which provides direct benefits to students, teachers, and schools.