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Rachel Sweeney
CHD 205
Video & Article Response: Emotional Literacy
My definition of emotional literacy is how well a person understands what they and others
are feeling and how they are going to handle it. Also, I think emotional literacy has a lot to do
with being open minded and not judging someone before getting to know them. For example, it
is easy to judge a childs parent who happens to wear old clothing and say that they must have no
tastes in fashion and do not care about their appearance. However, there is a very good chance
that person does not enough money and have too much going in their life to buy the nicest
clothes and keep up with the latest fashion trends. Having empathy is another trait that well
defines emotional literacy. Teaching children how to identify their own emotions and of other
students is very important. As Linda Lantieri Co- Founder of Resolving Conflict Creatively
states Its about equipping young people with the kinds of skills they need to both identify and
manage their emotions, to communicate those emotions effectively
I work with preschoolers and at that age children tend to not share their toys, hit each other,
cry, laugh, act silly and show a lot of different emotions. However, the problem is that some of
the children cannot label their emotions nor do they notice the emotions showing on another
childs face. For example, if Charlie is play with blocks and Alec comes over to Charlie and
takes some of his blocks, than Charlie aggressively takes the blocks back while yelling at Alec
thats mine. Moreover, the teacher comes over and asks whats wrong and Charlie yells
explaining that Alec took his blocks. That moment shows that Charlie is unable to label his
feelings and simultaneously is not able to read Alecs sad and frighten expression. How I think a
teacher should approach and help that situation is by going up to Charlie and Alec and say
Charlie I understand that you may feel upset and angry but can please share with Alec. Than

the teacher would ask Alec to tell Charlie how he felt about what happened. That way Charlie
would be able to identify his own feelings while noticing Alecs as well.
How I would integrate emotional literacy into a classroom is by doing activities or reading
books that will help children understand emotional literacy. I would read a story to the children
about different types of feelings or, a book about how feeling angry or sad is ok and how to
control it. One of the actives that I saw in the Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning
Overview video that I really liked was of the fifth grade teacher in a school located in Brooklyn,
New York. The video showed the teacher with a cut out of a heart in her hand that was labeled I
AM IMPORTANT. She told a story to the students about how about a girl named Maria and the
events that occurred throughout her day which made her feel less important. Throughout the
story the teacher would ask the children how Maria felt after being given all those negative
comments. I thought that activity was very smart, engaging and impacting way to teach children
about emotional literacy. I am not a parent but, if I were one I would integrate the concepts of
emotional literacy by having a feeling chart and each day I would ask my children how they felt
today and for them to show me on the chart. Than I would ask them why they feeling that
emotion.
I think behavior management in classroom relates to emotional intelligence. When a child
feels angry, mad, or anxious more than likely the child will not be able to focus in class.
Moreover, the child will not be able to retain all the information that is being taught to him or
her. As Marc Brackett, a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale University states
Something we now know, from doing dozens of studies, is that emotions can either enhance or
hinder your ability to learn. I believe this this statement is true. If a childs pet or family
member passes away, the child would be too consumed in grief to be able to concentrate in class.
The link between emotional development and classroom behavior is if a child had a rough
morning before going to school. How the child felt before going to school is going to affect how

they are going to behave while being in school. Chances are the child will be in foul mood where
they will not cooperate, not listen, or will act out in class, all because they had a rough morning.
Also, when children are pressured by their parents to always be the top in academics. At first the
child will do great and succeed by getting all As. However, once a child has trouble with a class
or receives a grade lower then an A, he or she will eventually began over work and pressure
themselves to the point where they just get angry, upset, give up and do not care about their
academics anymore. The children that pressures themselves did it in fear of not wanting to let
their parents down. Moreover, once those children give up their demeanor changes. Instead of
being a cooperative great student, the child will become a student who does not care about how
well he or she does in school and becomes less cooperative. Overall, I think schools everywhere
in the U.S. should integrate emotional literacy in their curriculum because, if an educators goal is
to help children developmentally, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Than they should help
children comprehend and manage their emotions because, studies have shown that children who
are emotionally literate excel in not just academic but in life as well.