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Understanding each other’s emotions

By the time children are school-aged they begin developing the skill required to read nonverbal cues about the emotions of the people around them. They begin sensing how changes in facial expression and body language speak to changes in disposition. Their ability to do this comes from their experiences with others and, ultimately, their awareness of themselves.

Today I’m recommending that we give students the opportunity to practice these skills. Let’s make their thinking visible.

Start this conversation today: How would you know if a classmate was unhappy and needed help?

As the conversation evolves students will begin using “I” statements. Ex: “When I am upset, I…” This awareness is crucial to their development of sense of self and how it influences their sense of others.

Because of developmental changes that occur with age, this conversation will naturally evolve depending on the age of your students. The prompt is accessible to all ages.

My hope is that they will gain a greater understanding of themselves and how they act based on their emotions.




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