The children coming
into their second grade classroom that morning arranged their chairs in a
circle for a daily ritual: Their teacher asked every child to tell the
class how they felt (unless they didn’t want to share this), and why
they felt that way.
This simple exercise in a New Haven, CT elementary school was the first time I saw a lesson in emotional literacy.
Naming emotions accurately helps children
be clearer about what is going on inside – essential both to making
clearheaded decisions and to managing emotions throughout life.
– turning our attention to our inner world of thoughts and feelings –
allows us to manage ourselves well. An inner focus lets us understand
and handle our inner world, even when rocked by disturbing feelings.
This is a life skill that keeps us on track throughout the years, and helps children become better learners. MORE here