Visiting academic schools Girton Grammar in emotion

COMMUNITY leaders and educators were asked to factor feelings into their everyday lives during a keynote address at Girton Grammar School this week.

Delivering an address on the RULER approach, director of the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence Dr Marc Brackett stressed the need for adults to lead the way to ensure children felt safe to talk openly about their feelings, the benefits of which would be a more productive and engaged community.

The RULER approach is based on recognising emotions, understanding the causes and consequences, labelling the full range of emotions using a rich vocabulary, expressing emotions in different contexts and regulating feelings to foster healthy relationships and achieve goals.

The teaching involves the use of a mood meter, which helps individuals accurately explore their feelings and invovles the use of multiple senses to build emotional awareness.

According to the RULER approach, emotions impact key aspects of your life, including: attention, memory and learning; judgement and decision making; mental and physical health and every day behaviour including relationships. Dr Brackett is in Bendigo to work with Girton Grammar School, the first Australian education provider to adopt the RULER approach.

He also presented teachers Olivia Athorn, Megan Tannahill and Paul Flanagan with the 2012 Marvin Maurer Award for Excellence in Emotional Literacy by Yale University.

Ms Athorn, Ms Tannahill and Mr Flanagan were responsible for implementing RULER within Girton’s Junior School last year and have gained certification as Australia’s first trainers in the RULER approach.

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