Can Social and Emotional Learning Close Achievement Gaps in Education?

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In the past, academic achievement was often linked to cognitive intelligence, or IQ. Recently, as more research is published exploring achievement gaps in education, studies show that emotional intelligence—or EQ—also significantly impacts educational achievement.  Social and emotional learning programs take place at the district level, at school, in preschools and daycares, and even at home. Could these programs help close the achievement gap? Emotional Intelligence vs. Cognitive Intelligence While cognitive intelligence measures how you interpret and process abstract ideas, solve problems, and reason through challenging concepts, emotional intelligence is a measure of how you manage your own emotions, as well … Continued

5 Neuroscience Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

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There are a million social reasons to encourage your children to develop their EQ. We already know that children with high EQ grow up to be great leaders and strong problem solvers. But what about the neuroscientific benefits of challenging and growing your EQ? Plenty of research over the past 30 years has established that there are real, scientifically-proven benefits to having highly-developed emotional intelligence. Here are just a few of them: #1: Better Aging To understand how emotional intelligence can have an effect on the aging process, you need to know how aging works at a basic DNA level. … Continued

Is there a Way to Relieve Chronic Stress in Childhood?

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Chronic stress in childhood is a major concern for parents everywhere. Whether your child is overcoming a problem at school or dealing with a recent trauma, it’s important for parents to find ways to relieve stress where they can. That’s why understanding chronic stress is just as important as finding ways to ease it. The Different Types of Stress in Childhood According to information from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, there are three types of stress that children experience: positive stress response, tolerable stress response and toxic stress response. The most dangerous type is toxic stress. … Continued

5 Fun Games to Play with Your Kids to Boost Their EQ

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It’s no secret that emotional intelligence is a crucial skill set in childhood. Children who have developed emotional intelligence are better at solving social problems, nurturing relationships, and expressing themselves. Setting your child up to carry these skills into a successful adulthood is a huge part of childrearing and early education. Kids learn by doing, so practice these skills through hands-on experiences in the form of fun games. Here’s a look at 4 games that boost childhood EQ skills, including social awareness, self-management, active listening, and collaboration. Physical Games Physical games are easy to teach and easy to play, and … Continued

A Brief History of the Emotional Intelligence Theory

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In 1990, the world was introduced to the term “emotional intelligence” (aka EI or EQ) as a new means to understand human intellect when Peter Solovey and John D. Mayer posited the significance of EQ in their article titled “Emotional Intelligence.” Their work was groundbreaking in that it revealed that human intelligence was not simply guided by our cognition but also by our emotional responses and our social interactions.  The article led to a new understanding of how to define intelligence, and over time, the once tried and true IQ test was complemented with rigorous quantifying tests measuring the social … Continued

Can Schools do Anything to Prevent Anxiety and Depression in Children?

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Depression and anxiety are significant mental health concerns for children. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than a quarter of teens (ages 13-18) suffer from anxiety disorders and almost 6 percent battle with a “severe form” of the disorder. The NIMH also reports that “in 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.” Anxiety and Depression in Children While all kids will feel anxious at some point—maybe before a test, sporting event or performance—there is a marked difference between … Continued

A Guide to the Five Components of Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence wasn’t always a known—or acknowledged—component of success until 1990 when psychologists John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey published their paper on what would later become a new way of defining intelligence. Not only did the paper introduce the term ‘emotional intelligence’ or EQ to the world, it also led to a new understanding of how our emotional make-up impacts our lives. But what is emotional intelligence really? How is it defined? The easiest way to explain the fundamentals of EQ is to understand the five components of emotional intelligence: self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible … Continued

What Can Be Done to Fight Drug Use in Schools?

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Illicit drug use in schools is a prevalent problem affecting children and teens. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 14 percent of high school seniors and nearly 10 percent of sophomores fall prey to the allure of getting high. The Problem of Drug Use in Schools The most widely misused substance is alcohol. In 2014, nearly a quarter of high schoolers in numerous states admitted that they had engaged in binge-drinking during the month. However, prescription drug abuse is also increasingly problematic throughout the U.S. and is especially prevalent in Arkansas. Opiate-based painkillers often serve as … Continued

EQ Resources Your Kids Need to Improve Their Emotional Intelligence

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Educating a child means more than just encouraging their intellect. While a child’s intellect—and IQ—will aid them throughout their school years, their emotional intelligence—or EQ—aids them both in school and beyond, as it affects how they develop and maintain personal and social relationships. Those with high EQ excel throughout their lives—in school, at work and socially. How we handle emotions, get along with others and empathize with peers allows us to become relatable and well liked. But EQ isn’t about popularity, and boosting emotional intelligence has nothing to do with getting in with the right crowds or cliques. Those with … Continued

Afterschool Activities & Programs That Will Increase Your Child’s EQ

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A child’s emotional intelligence affects their success through school and beyond. While intellectual abilities are certainly important, ignoring emotional intelligence (EQ) will have negative ramifications in the child’s life. In schools, a lack of emotional intelligence can cause a variety of problems, from violence to increased risk of drug abuse and even suicide! And the need for emotional intelligence doesn’t end with graduation. Today’s employers want individuals who have more than education and experience. They want employees who will work well in a team and socially resonate with clients, co-workers and customers. While many college graduates have the knowledge and … Continued

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