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  • Elizabeth Watkin

    I work at AB Tech and this has been a great addition to our courses. I am not especially concerned with how it is measured more that it is at least being addressed and explored.

  • Clay Forsberg

    In a Perfect World this may seem like a good idea. But first, how is emotional intelligence supposedly to be measured? It would be subjective at best. It's kind of like judging someone on success. What's the criteria?

    And second, who going to make this subjective call - college teachers? From my experience, many are hardly the ideal themselves.

  • Joris Renaud

    At my school in France, we have a work to do on a whole year called "Défi Personnel" (Personal Challenge). We have to choose a subject that is not related to business (i'm in a business school) or any company's field and we have to think about it, meet outstanding people who can testify on this subject and step by step you make our own answer to the questions related to the subject you choose. A teacher follows you all year long to ask you the good questions on the work you do, shows you new point of view and so on.

    For example, my subject was "Does self confidence can be taught?". So I met psychologists, professors, coaches, CEO reputed to be really self confident in order to answer to my question.

    Finally, this work is really well evaluated because you have to write down all your discoveries, thoughts, steps in a notebook that you give to your teacher and also you discuss with him and a small group of classmates about your discoveries and in what you grown up.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think people in some of the highest corporate positions sometimes lack these "soft skills" and it breeds a feeling of fear or a lack of respect in the office. How amazing it would be if more people were taught at an early age how to be in tune with others- or read one another's feelings?

  • Lisa Rau Cannon

    YES. Character skills such as empathy, integrity, leadership and collaboration are the ingredients to success, whether professionally or personally. And of course, we all struggle to get better at these things throughout life. These things were not considered in my schools growing up -- just scholastic and sports achievements (despite being a Catholic school). I hope my kids someday have a more well-rounded educational experience.

    Practically, teachers can implement "how I helped someone recently," or "what I'm grateful for," or "why was it hard to work with that group?" into essay questions -- just one random idea of how this could actually be applied.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Such great ideas, Lisa. Integrating these traits into the rest of schooling is essential. I love when I see teachers asking students to consult about how they worked together on a project and come up with something that went well/something to grow from for each child. You also remind me how one of the things I always told my students is that it was incredibly important that they learn how to read, but that was not the MOST important thing they needed to learn. After all, Hitler knew how to read, too.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I totally agree. Sometimes empathy, or social graces aren't taught by parents. So, if children have the opportunity to read essays they wrote to each other about what they're grateful for or why it was hard to work with a person and how they overcame it, they could truly learn from one another.

  • Joshua Neuman

    You allude to "social graces," being more "pleasant", prioritization and improved performance as outcomes, but what would it mean to actually teach emotional intelligence in the classroom? What would it look like? Really interested in exploring this more....

    • Anna Derengowski

      Also interested to see what that might look like in the classroom. Here are a couple of things that came up in a Google search that seem worth reading, although I'm on lunch break right now and don't have too much time. What about for adults?! There are obviously plenty of adults who desperately need a higher emotional intelligence, I wonder if there are any resources out there (aside from expensive psychotherapy) for them.