Last night marked our last face to face meeting in one of my master’s classes in gifted education. Since our topic was on how emotional intelligence can be enhanced in the classroom, I brought along an entire baggage filled with children’s picture books. The task was how to apply the emotional intelligence framework (of Joyce VanTassel-Baska) to an actual classroom activity utilizing the books that they selected.
The class was divided into four teams – since the emotional intelligence framework involved four major areas (including 1: study of emotion; 2. channeling emotion to promote thinking; 3. developing and applying emotional knowledge; and 4. regulation of emotions) – thus four sample lessons/ activities/ workshops.
Here are some of their choices.
It was truly such a pleasure seeing how these hardworking and talented teachers are able to use these wonderful picture books to identify and deal with their high ability learners’ issues and concerns. More importantly, it gives me such a warm feeling knowing that two of my passions (teaching and children’s books) complement each other so beautifully. Til next semester!