Best Practices for Preparing Emotionally

 How do teachers incorporate emotional intelligence training into the school day?

Some best practices for incorporating emotional intelligence training in a classroom setting have been done through cooperative learning. This involves the teacher modeling how to deal with emotions, and allowing student real life practice in a control setting. Some skills that are modeled include negotiating, handling conflict, and behavior implications on peers.  



What can teachers tell parents to implement to help build students’ emotional intelligence at home?
Students with learning disabilities, more specifically ADHD, may have extra anxieties when it comes to testing and especially standardized testing. There are many ways to help emotionally prepare and ease your child’s nerves prior to testing. Tips for helping your child before the test date includes: taking “the burden of responsibility off of the child” and letting them know that no matter how they fill in the bubbles, they will always have your unconditional love. Routines can also be established in order to help your child with test anxiety including: clearing the schedule of anything the night before including extra curricular activities and any academics. Making a plan and practicing the format will also emotionally help in relieving the unfamiliarity and stress for your child.  In addition teaching relaxation tricks and tips and self encouragement can also help to relieve any tension.