What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence (EI) refers to the way in which we understand ourselves and our relationships with others, using five key elements as points of reference: self-awareness, social awareness, self-regulation, building relationships, and responsibility and/or accountability.
Studies have found that young students who are taught emotional intelligence show a 10% reduction in antisocial behaviour, a 10% increase in pro-social behaviour, and an 11% increase in academic achievement. From these studies it is clear that emotional intelligence is extremely valuable in the education system.
It is ideal for schools to incorporate emotional intelligence training early on in a student's education so as to create a more wisdom-filled society. As a result, this website has been created by graduate students at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT) as a resource for K-12 teachers to help them teach their students about emotional intelligence. As you navigate through this website, you will learn about each of the elements of emotional intelligence, be provided with two activities per category, and receive a list of additional resources to better help you along the way. We hope that this website will be of great use to you and your students.