Managing Emotions
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Managing Emotions


            If the students that we teach are going to be successful in a competitive world, we need to properly prepare them. The reality is that these students are not ready to meet the competitive expectations of the world. The reason is not because they are untrainable, but because they are unequipped emotionally. They have not developed the self-control required to garner positive outcomes. In order to be competitive in the future, schools, parents, and students need to do something about this today.

            Nobel Laureate James Heckman writes that investment in the education of children’s “non-cognitive” skills – like motivation, perseverance, and self-control - is a cost effective approach to increasing the quality and productivity of the workforce. Human beings have an amazing way of communicating nonverbally. A person can determine if you are happy, sad, tired, or even inebriated by observing your body language (nonverbal signals). The ability to manage how you talk, the way you stand, and when to smile or frown can be the determining factor in how a potential employer interprets your body language. A large growing body of research demonstrates that emotional intelligence – the ability to manage emotions – is correlated with positive outcomes in children beginning as early as preschool, as well as in adults, including business managers and leaders. Sounds like a good group of people that our students should be in the company of.

            Life is difficult but even more difficult when you are unprepared. I think that teaching students to manage their emotions can be very effective in preparing them to be productive adults. If time is invested in these simple skills then many of the students we encounter can achieve their dreams.     

Mr. Gaines

Behavior Specialist



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