Teaching social-emotional intelligence in the classroom

Percy L. Abram, PhD describes ways to teach social and emotional intelligence in the classroom setting
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Teaching social-emotional intelligence in the classroom

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Younger students integrate the social emotional intelligence differently than our older students, and one of the ways we do that is through what we call a communications lab. So starting in second grade, we have teachers, a resource specialist, and I as the head of school sit down with students and talk through different ways in which it's appropriate to communicate with your friends and colleagues when there is a hurt feeling, when you feel as if you have been aggrieved, when there's a situation on the play ground. We do a lot of role-playing around that so that students have a chance to appreciate and recreate those situations. I smile because it tends to be a time when the kids really enjoy acting and working outo their problems with one another. As the students get older developmentally we usually do a lot of this through literature that we read. We place students in different situations through a text and then we talk out scenarios in the classroom about what it might be like were they in a similar situation. Moving it more from an emotional reaction to a cognitive reaction that students have as they get older.

Percy L. Abram, PhD describes ways to teach social and emotional intelligence in the classroom setting

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Percy L. Abram, PhD

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Percy Abram is the Head of Gateway School.  Gateway School is a Kindergarten – 8th grade independent school in Santa Cruz, CA.  Prior to joining Gateway School, Dr. Abram was the Upper Division Director at Brentwood School in Los Angeles.  An LA native, Dr. Abram received his B.A. (Economics) and M.A. (Education) degrees from UCLA, and his M.A. (Sociology) and Ph.D. (Education) from Stanford University.  Dr. Abram and his wife are the parents of a 10-year old daughter and 7-year old son, and despite running a school and being responsible for 260 students each day, he still finds parenting his most challenging job.

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