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Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students

Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students

30 Flexible Research-Based Activities to Build EQ Skills (Grades 5–9)


Developing emotional intelligence (EQ) in students is essential to preparing them for success in college, careers, and adult life. This practical resource for educators explains what emotional intelligence is and why it’s important for all students. The book lays out detailed yet flexible guidelines for teaching fundamental EQ in an intentional and focused way. The core of the book is a series of thirty hands-on lessons, each focusing on critical EQ concepts and centered around productive and respectful discussion. These research-based lessons are designed to take approximately thirty-five minutes each, but they can easily be adapted to meet the specific needs of a school or group. Digital content includes reproducible forms.


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ISBN: 978-1-63198-129-6
Audience: Educators, grades 5–9
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 192
Digital Content: Includes reproducible forms.
Praise for Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students:

Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students provides a wonderful resource for educators to integrate emotional intelligence skills into their classrooms. From identifying emotions to building resilience, the activities in this book can help students develop into healthy, happy, and productive citizens.” —Marc A. Brackett, Ph.D., director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor at the Yale Child Study Center
“All teachers and other school professionals working with students in grades 5 to 9 should read this valuable volume. For experienced educators, it offers a wealth of new strategies to promote emotional intelligence; for novices, it provides an excellent and highly practical introduction to the field. Elias and Tobias have done a masterful job of translating the EQ research into, in their words, ‘pragmatic, accessible, and flexible activities.’ I will be strongly recommending this book to all my colleagues.” —Paul LeBuffe, vice president of research and development, Aperture Education
Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students is exactly what schools need to support social-emotional growth in students. Drs. Elias and Tobias provide an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for schools to integrate social and emotional skills building into the classroom. As school psychologists, we understand the importance of building these skills for success in school and life. This book provides everything we need to begin the process.” —John Kelly, Ph.D., president, National Association of School Psychologists, 2017–2018
“Using evidence-based lessons, engaging activities, and community-building strategies, this resource provides a valuable tool for educators to build emotional intelligence in students—an essential goal of education in the 21st century. By supporting the development of emotional intelligence, this book helps teachers prepare their students for success in careers and in life.” —Andria Amador, senior director, Behavioral Health Services, Boston Public Schools
“This is an excellent collection of engaging activities to enhance the social and emotional learning of middle school students. It is a valuable resource for educators, counselors, youth leaders, and mental health professionals who aspire to educate and inspire adolescents to become more knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and contributing members of their communities.” —Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D., chief knowledge officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
“Many educators want to improve their students’ social and emotional intelligence, but don’t know how best to do so. Written by two distinguished psychologists, this wonderful book for teachers is practical, flexible, wise, and consistent with good pedagogical practice. Grounded in research on social-emotional learning and adolescent development, this book equips teachers with the basic knowledge they need to employ the lessons and tools effectively, along with exercises and language that should be attractive to their students.” —David Osher, Ph.D., vice president and AIR Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research 
“Grounded in their conviction that EQ should be at the center of teaching and learning, the authors of Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students provide educators with thirty lessons for middle grade students. The powerful lessons on self-talk offer welcome guidance for building this lifelong skill, which strengthens resilience in students who need it most. The lessons on social roles invite students to consider the strengths they bring to their social identities, which are growing in importance and complexity during adolescence. Ultimately, all the lessons in this book promise to draw students into deeper self-awareness and closer reflection on their developing EQ skills. Definitely a key resource that educators will want on the shelf!” —Christa M. Tinari, coauthor of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School and director of the Peaceful Schools Institute
“There exists an important need to translate academic research into classroom practice quickly and directly. This book answers that need by presenting key ideas and activities that teachers can try out with their students immediately. I wish more resources for teachers were created by people like Drs. Elias and Tobias. Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students could have an impact on the ongoing development and implementation of social-emotional learning.” —Roisin P. Corcoran, Ph.D., associate professor of education at UCD and coauthor of Developing Emotionally Competent Teachers: Emotional Intelligence and Pre-Service Teacher Education
How to Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students
A Free Webinar with Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D.

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