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How Do Schools Play an Essential Role in Enhancing Social & Emotional Intelligence?

BY ADMIN PUBLISHED March 29, 2023, UPDATED March 30, 2023

Today's students must possess the social and emotional intelligence to excel personally and professionally. These skills help them understand and efficiently control their emotions, interact with others, establish and maintain relationships, resolve issues, and make wise judgments. Schools play a significant part in fostering social and emotional intelligence because they offer a controlled, secure setting where kids can acquire, develop, and use these abilities. 

What is social and emotional intelligence?

Understanding and controlling one's emotions and those of others is called social and emotional intelligence. Understanding and successfully navigating social circumstances requires social intelligence, which includes skills like communicating effectively, reading social cues, and empathising with others. Conversely, emotional intelligence refers to the capacity to acknowledge, comprehend, and control one's emotions and those of others. 

According to research, having vital social and emotional intelligence is crucial for success. For instance, those with high social and emotional intelligence are more likely to make ethical decisions, have satisfying relationships, and succeed in the profession. On the other hand, people with low social and emotional intelligence are more likely to struggle with mental health concerns, have problems at work, and have relationship problems. Schools are the best place to teach social and emotional intelligence to a child through activities, teachers, environment, curriculum and learning objectives. But not all schools can achieve this goal.

Challenges faced by most the school in fostering social and emotional intelligence

Lack of focus: Focusing on academic performance and standardised tests can leave little time for these crucial education components. So instead, most schools emphasise solely education, ignoring emotional and social intelligence.

Limited resources: Resources may be scarce in schools, making conducting social and emotional learning initiatives challenging. It may entail having access to qualified personnel, appropriate resources, and funds for initiatives and projects. 

Lack of training: It's possible that teachers and other school staff members need to receive more social and emotional learning training. It might be easier for educators to properly teach these skills to their students with the necessary training. 

Low parental involvement: Parents and other caregivers must support their children's social and emotional learning. However, not all parents may understand the value of these abilities or have the time or money to encourage their kids' development in this area. 

How DPSG is overcoming these challenges to enhance social and emotional intelligence

Classroom education

Classroom instruction is one of the main ways that DPSG can improve social and emotional intelligence. It entails explicitly teaching pupils social and emotional learning and integrating these learnings into academic disciplines. For instance, teachers include lessons on empathy, communication, and problem-solving in language arts, historical studies, and science. As a result, students are more likely to employ these abilities in their daily lives because they understand how they apply them in practical circumstances. Moreover, the focus is on something other than notebook. Students are encouraged to learn by doing and to grow as they learn.

Students are also taught about emotions in the classroom and how to control them successfully. It can involve educating kids on the many emotional states, how to identify and categorise them, and practical coping mechanisms. The school is well-equipped with the latest resources to guide and train the students in different fields and activities. All this aids kids in developing coping mechanisms for complex emotions and a greater understanding of them. 

School environment

We can also improve students' social and emotional intelligence by fostering a supportive school climate emphasising social and emotional abilities. It entails establishing a secure, welcoming environment where students experience value and support. To do this, DPSG implements procedures and regulations that encourage good behaviour and cultivate community among students. 

By encouraging wholesome interactions between students and between students and teachers, we also promote social and emotional intelligence. It entails allowing students to collaborate in groups, participating in team-building exercises, and encouraging effective communication and teamwork. In addition, teachers undergo regular and rigorous training to help them stay connected with best teaching practices.

Additional activities

The DPSG promotes social and emotional intelligence by providing extracurricular activities. Students can develop their communication, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities through extracurricular activities, including sports teams, theatrical organisations, and music ensembles. Also, these activities offer children a secure and encouraging environment to explore their interests and grow as individuals. Throughout the year, the school remain connected with the parents through various activities and ensures their partnership in the child's growth.

DPSG paves the groundwork for the child's complete growth

To develop students' leadership potential, DPSG hosts an annual leadership camp. The pupils are chosen for this camp's fun-filled experimental learning after being narrowed down through testing and taxing interviews. These camps allow students to learn outside the classroom and foster the drive to be self-achievers. 

Every learner's demand for creative self-expression and the improvement of problem-solving skills is catered to through the clubs and societies at DPSG. Clubs and Societies are designed to connect academic skills with the outside world. They are formed as a component of the foundational domain. 

To effectively promote child and adolescent welfare, our life skill education aims to empower, support, and streamline the co-scholastic and related parts. By developing these abilities, our students achieve psychosocial competencies that allow them to adopt adaptable and constructive behaviour to navigate the demands and challenges of daily life successfully.

 

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