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Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

<a href="/audio/emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-with-professor-jon-cohen">Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen</a>

A content-rich podcast on the connections between emotional intelligence in children and academic success. Children with stronger social and emotional skills do better academically and socially. Professor Cohen defines "social and emotional learning" and shares the important research on character education and emotional intelligence education. This recording is a "must listen" for every parent and teacher. Read full article

Playground Speak - It's Out of Line Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/21/playground-speak-its-out-of-line-sometimes">Playground Speak - It&#039;s Out of Line Sometimes</a>

We have three boys and like many other kids, I suspect, they have had a tendency to refer to things they don't like as "gay" or even "retarded". This is playground speak and some people might advise me to just let it go. But I detest this kind of language coming from kids or anyone...language is a tool much stronger than the proverbial "sticks and stones" and I feel strongly that children need to learn about its impact and develop some empathy for people... Read full article

Emotional Intelligence - What is it and Why Does it Matter?

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-what-is-it-and-why-does-it-matter">Emotional Intelligence - What is it and Why Does it Matter?</a>

Academics and practitioners debate with each other and write whole doctorate theses about the 'right' definition of Emotional Intelligence. When children are being taught Emotional Intelligence skills, this process is usually called Social and Emotional Learning or 'SEL'. This article is a concise introduction to the meaning of the term 'Emotional Intelligence'. Read full article

For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings

<a href="/articles/for-children-emotional-intelligence-means-being-smart-with-your-feelings">For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings</a>

When I was a kid, no one taught me about feelings. Even when I took psychology in college I still didn’t learn why sometimes I felt angry or sad or worried or happy — and that I had a choice about my feelings. I noticed that I had different feelings, and other people did too. I noticed that sometimes I could get more of what I wanted by using the feelings that matched the situation, but a lot of the time it seemed like feelings were something that just happened to me...Emotional intelligence means being smart with feelings. This article includes three steps for being smarter about feelings. Read full article

Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1

<a href="/articles/interview-professor-jonathan-cohen-emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-part-1">Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1</a>

Professor Jonathan Cohen is an adjunct professor in psychology and education at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in education at the School of Professional studies at the City University of New York. Yvette Vignando spoke to Professor Cohen about a subject that she is passionate about: the connection between children's social and emotional skills, sometimes called their emotional intelligence, and their success at school. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Gifted Children - Stop the Stereotypes

Yvette Vignando talks about research that indicates giftedness is not necessarily associated with low levels of Emotional Intelligence, or social problems. Is there a bigger issue? Do parents, teachers and peers of gifted children need to become more appreciative of intellectual diversity? Read full article

Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/07/19/sholai-school-palani-hills-tamil-nadu-india">Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India</a>

After three days of workshops at Kodaikanal International School, I received an unexpected invitation for a courtesy visit to Sholai School, located in a valley area 1000m below the Kodai hill station. My western-nurtured eyes saw a combination of paradise and hardship around me. Running the school looks like very hard work. All electricity comes from solar energy or micro hydro-energy; the school is also experimenting with the use of bio-fuel. Sholai School engages in organic farming and also runs its own dairy producing organic milk and cheese. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 4 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-4-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 4 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 4 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about emotional intelligence and attachment and about how parents can think about their children's levels of emotional intelligence. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 3 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-3-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 3 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 3 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about adolescence being a critical time to teach emotional intelligence skills. Dr Hansen also describes the connection between emotional intelligence and academic success in particular subjects at high school. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-1-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 1 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about the definition of emotional intelligence and why it is important in parenting and education. Dr Hansen also points out the importance of emotional intelligence as a protective factor in the incidence of depression. Read full article