Emotional intelligence (EQ) development is important for all of our students. Learning about feelings: how we feel, what makes us feel the way we (and others) do, and what we can do to improve how we feel are life long skills.
Kids can have a hard time expressing how they feel. This may be due to a variety of factors, such as limited vocabulary, shyness, feelings of vulnerability, or low emotional intelligence.
According to the Emotional Intelligence Consortium, emotional intelligence is the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.
Assessing a child’s understanding of feelings and how they recognize their own feelings and the feelings of others is a crucial first step when providing counseling services.
I try to use fun and engaging activities to help build rapport while I assess their prior knowledge. My students and clients tend to talk more openly when they are engaged in an activity that pertains to the subject we are discussing.
For instance, while my students are coloring a feelings coloring page I will make an observation about what feeling character they are coloring and ask them some of the following questions:
- I wonder how they feel?
- Have you ever felt that way?
- I wonder what made you feel that way?
- What helps you feel better when you feel this way?
- Do you know anyone who has felt that way?
- What can you do to help someone who feels that way?
If you are reading this and are thinking, “I wish I had a feelings coloring page for my children I work with.” have no fear. You can snag my feelings coloring page freebie at my Teachers Pay Teacher shop. Just click here or the image below to be taken to the download.
Using feelings posters is also an excellent way to assess/increase emotional intelligence. I love using sticky darts and ask similar questions as those stated above to the feeling the dart landed on (or closest one to the dart).
If you would like printable (8 1/2 x 11) feelings poster, make sure to like The Helpful Counselor on Facebook to download the fan freebie (located in the upper right hand corner of the page).
If you are on the lookout for more fun and engaging ways to assess and increase emotional intelligence, you may be interested in some of the items from my store:
I hope you have found my ideas and freebies to be helpful. If so, I would love to hear from you in the comments section!
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