Emotional Intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions.Emotional Quotient (EQ) is a measure of a person's adequacy in such areas as self-awareness, empathy, and dealing sensitively with other people and their emotions.
Old beliefs only emphasized one kind of smart: book smarts. Now, after years of research, brain science has shed light on a new perspective: paired together, emotions and intellect are the new smart. EQ is just as important as IQ, if not more so.
Socially & emotionally smart kids:
- Demonstrate a sense of belonging
- Feel a strong attachment to school
- Perceive teachers as supportive and caring
- Forge healthy friendships
- Feel engaged in their academic progress
5 Core Competencies
Everything we teach at WINGS revolves around 5 competencies of Emotional Intelligence (as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning known as CASEL) and is referred to as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL):
- Self-Awareness- kids are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths.
- Self-Management- kids are able to regulate their emotions by managing stress, controlling impulses, and persevering to overcome obstacles.
- Social Awareness- kids are able to take the perspective of and empathize with others and recognize and appreciate individual and group similarities and differences.
- Relationship Skills- kids can establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation.
- Responsible Decision Making- kids are able to demonstrate responsible decision making and make good choices at school, at home, and in the community.