The most interesting line in Obama’s Howard speech was about empathy, not ‘blackness’ President Obama's speech at Howard University's commencement on May 7 was full of advice on civic engagement, black history and democracy. (The Washington Post) In the next few dizzying weeks, when one public figure and elected official after another will don academic robes and stoles to deliver commencement speeches at colleges and universities across the country, some ideas will inevitably be repeated. Dream big. Work hard. To thine own self be true. 13 Emotional Intelligence Activities & Exercises (Incl. PDFs & Tools) If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we’ve devoted considerable attention to emotional intelligence. This isn’t an accident—our focus on the subject reflects its importance in the positive psychology literature and the value of a culture of emotional intelligence (EI). This piece offers a useful next step for anyone who has been interested in learning about emotional intelligence, but hasn’t created a plan for improving their own EI yet. Should you want to learn how to professionally teach, coach, and increase emotional intelligence—be sure to check out the Emotional Intelligence Masterclass©. What are Emotional Intelligence Activities and Exercises?
Marketplace of Ideas The Garrison Institute's Initiative on Contemplation and Education, in collaboration with the Kirlin Charitable Foundation, recently convened the leadership forum Mindful Parenting: Conceptualization and Measurement. This event brought together researchers, clinicians and others interested in and working with family intervention programs. The aim of the meeting was to address measurement issues around the topics of mindful parenting and reflective functioning in parenting, in order to develop effective measurement systems for use in research. During the three days of the meetings, the group spent the majority of their time together in group discussion, sharing one another's work involved, raising pertinent issues to be addressed during future clinical trials and research, and considering the questions, "What is mindful parenting? And what indicators of mindful parenting are evident in parenting behavior?"
A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning Encouraging Kindness and Empathy Cultivating Kindness and Compassion in Children (Center for Child and Family Well-Being, University of Washington, 2014) This summary of a public lecture by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl underscores the importance of promoting social and emotional learning, reviews some of the research about cultivating kindness and compassion in children, and discusses five practical strategies that parents can try. Back to Top Cultivating Perseverance and Resilience Carol Dweck on the Power of "Yet" (GreatSchools, 2013) Stanford University professor Carol Dweck, research pioneer on “fixed” versus “growth” mindsets, discusses how a simple change of language can inspire children to think differently about their capabilities.
5 Guiding Principles of Social and Emotional Learning According to CASEL, social-emotional learning can be defined as: “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” While students’ emotional well-being and social skills has always been on educators’ radar, recent years have witnessed a shift towards a stronger focus on SEL in the classroom. Researchers have come to understand the connections between academic performance and SEL, as well as the importance of attending to the many facets of student learning experiences in an effort to educate the whole child. 5 Guiding Principles of SEL: Create, Integrate, Communicate, Instruct, Empower 1.
Donald Trump isn’t empathetic. Is that a problem? Donald Trump has cleared every electoral hurdle before him in this presidential race. He went from 1 percent, literally, to the top of the polls. He beat 16 other people for the Republican nomination. He finds himself in a statistical dead heat with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. And, he has done it all by being himself: brash, bold, controversial and unapologetic. How To Improve Emotional Intelligence Through Training Have you ever noticed your feelings? How often have you stepped into others’ shoes and experienced their emotions? How well do you understand what you feel and why you feel so? Emotional Intelligence is our mind’s ability to perceive, manage, and express emotions effectively in real life. Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey (1990) defined Emotional Intelligence (or E.I.) as the ability to regulate feelings and use them to guide our actions. Like I.Q., emotional intelligence varies from one person to another.
Recycling Symbols on Plastics - What Do Recycling Codes on Plastics Mean Sometimes it seems like modern America is one colossal plastic palace. The versatile material is in our cars, toys, packaging, clothing, home goods, food utensils, medical devices and so much more. It is also littering our streets, clogging our waterways and choking marine life. Many plastics can be readily recycled, but how do consumers make sense of all the different types and rules? Number 1 PlasticsPET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) Found in: Soft drink, water and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; ovenable food trays.Recycling: Picked up through most curbside recycling programs.Recycled into: Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps, (occasionally) new containers PET plastic is the most common for single-use bottled beverages, because it is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to recycle.