Emotional Intelligence: Personal Responsibility Part 1
Updated: Aug 18
What is Emotional Intelligence?
The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
One of the ways I build responsibility in my classroom is to have my students document their behavior and effort. I sign the information sheet at the end of the day, and parents are able to communicate with me, as well. All the behavior is simply to create conversations. My students enjoy taking care of their binders and knowing that it is their job to bring it back and forth. I add practice pages with sheet protectors and expo pens.
Making mistakes is part of growing. We have a phrase in my classroom,..
We must celebrate mistakes. They show we are trying. What I try to emphasize in my teaching and parenting is the importance of showing up and doing your best. As we show our children that our love isn't based on their performance, it increases their confidence to take risks. When we make mistakes, our children are watching our reactions.
Our willingness to repair is imperative to their secure attachment. Never underestimate the power of admitting a mistake.
The following clip is one of my favorites from Fred Rogers where he shares a precious story of his grandson, Alexander.