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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? ~ NY Times

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Kahn

"Once a small corner of education theory, S.E.L. has gained traction in recent years, driven in part by concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide. But while prevention programs tend to focus on a single problem, the goal of social-emotional learning is grander: to instill a deep psychological intelligence that will help children regulate their emotions.

"For children, Brackett notes, school is an emotional caldron: a constant stream of academic and social challenges that can generate feelings ranging from loneliness to euphoria. Educators and parents have long assumed that a child’s ability to cope with such stresses is either innate — a matter of temperament — or else acquired “along the way,” in the rough and tumble of ordinary interaction. But in practice, Brackett says, many children never develop those crucial skills. “It’s like saying that a child doesn’t need to study English because she talks with her parents at home,” Brackett told me last spring. “Emotional skills are the same. A teacher might say, ‘Calm down!’ — but how exactly do you calm down when you’re feeling anxious? Where do you learn the skills to manage those feelings?”

"A growing number of educators and psychologists now believe that the answer to that question is in school. George Lucas’s Edutopia foundation has lobbied for the teaching of social and emotional skills for the past decade; the State of Illinois passed a bill in 2003 making “social and emotional learning” a part of school curriculums. Thousands of schools now use one of the several dozen programs, including Brackett’s own, that have been approved as “evidence-based” by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, a Chicago-based nonprofit. All told, there are now tens of thousands of emotional-literacy programs running in cities nationwide.

"The theory that kids need to learn to manage their emotions in order to reach their potential grew out of the research of a pair of psychology professors — John Mayer, at the University of New Hampshire, and Peter Salovey, at Yale. In the 1980s, Mayer and Salovey became curious about the ways in which emotions communicate information, and why some people seem more able to take advantage of those messages than others. While outlining the set of skills that defined this “emotional intelligence,” Salovey realized that it might be even more influential than he had originally suspected, affecting everything from problem solving to job satisfaction: “It was like, this is predictive!”

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9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter's Laws | Brainzooming

9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter's Laws | Brainzooming | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mike Brown


"If Peter’s Laws shed light on how creative geniuses approach game-changing creativity, then I should be able to turn them into questions ANYONE can use to push their own extreme creativity.


"A sampling of extreme creativity questions you can use to take a big swing at game-changing results:


-What would be bigger & bolder than anything you have ever done and potentially impossible for you to pull off successfully?

-What BIG, new & radical things are the smartest people & organizations (regardless of industry) doing that you need to do too?

-What even more outlandish things would you do if there were no rules?

--If someone tells you “no,” what are you going to do to go around or above them and keep going?

-What would you be doing if you could never hear any objections people might raise?

-What can you do to dramatically speed up every element of the big projects you are working on right now?

-What can you do that is completely opposite of anything typical or expected?-What would you do if your goal were to be 100x bigger or more impressive than you are today

-What will create impossible-to-ignore buzz daily about what you’re doing and accomplishing?


"Pointing these questions at your strategic objective will yield multiple game-changing possibilities to pursue."

Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 3, 2013 1:29 AM

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