Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Strategies and Activities for Helping Students Make Effective Choices / Edition 2

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Students make decisions every day that impact their academic success and personal futures. Developing emotional, social, and life skills is critical for making effective choices and becoming confident, engaged learners. Teaching Emotional Intelligence, Second Edition, provides educators with fresh and engaging techniques to help children increase self-awareness, manage emotions, build self-control, and develop positive relationships.

In a streamlined, teacher-friendly format, Adina Bloom Lewkowicz offers tools to promote students' personal and academic success. This practical text provides a generous collection of fully developed lesson plans with role plays, ready-to-use reproducibles, and suggestions for adapting the activities to individual learning levels.

This revised edition features:

  • Expanded coverage of relevant research
  • New lessons on topics such as bullying and violence prevention
  • Lesson modifications for middle school students
  • Guidelines for positive classroom management

Designed to help students learn to make informed and positive life choices, this comprehensive resource gives teachers strategies for promoting healthy classroom environments and supports students in building happy and successful lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Bradley
"The sanest and safest kids on the planet are the ones who know who they are and how to make choices. The author has condensed this complex and critical process into one fantastic classroom manual."
Jennifer Betters
"Well organized and comprehensive. A great resource for teachers and counselors who want to focus more on emotional intelligence. Practitioners can choose the topics most relevant to their students."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412940580
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Adina Bloom Lewkowicz has an extensive background in prevention, education, expressive arts, and therapy. Most recently, Lewkowicz consulted with the Agnon School, in Ohio, providing programming and training in the area of social-emotional learning. For the past 20 years, Lewkowicz has been developing prevention curricula for schools throughout Ohio. She was the coordinator of the SAY (Social Advocates for Youth) Coalition of Bellefaire JCB in Cleveland, Ohio, providing prevention programs and materials for adolescents. Lewkowicz is the author of Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Strategies and Activities for Helping Students Make Effective Choices (Corwin Press). It is a stream-lined, teacher-friendly manual that thousands of teachers have used to help promote students’ personal and academic success through the transmission of emotional, social, and life skills. Lewkowicz speaks and consults nationally on the book and related topics.

As an arts educator, Lewkowicz developed a curriculum for an afterschool day care program, using the expressive arts to complement the standard school curriculum. Lewkowicz was the founder and director of The Jewish Ensemble Theater, combining values clarification and theatrical exercises in original dramatic productions for community and school audiences. For seven years, Lewkowicz was an artist-in-residence with the Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, providing theatrical residencies for youth and adolescents in elementary schools throughout Ohio. Lewkowicz continues to coach acting and voice privately, and provides workshops and inservice training to theaters, agencies, universities, and national organizations on the uses of drama in education, prevention, and therapy.

As a therapist, Lewkowicz has worked with adolescents, providing prevention and early intervention services, individual and group counseling, and psychosocial drama groups. She has worked with adults with mental illness and dual diagnoses, using the arts in individual and group sessions, and she has also provided concrete and supportive services to senior adults in assisted living and senior residences.

In addition, Lewkowicz is a professional actress and singer. As a speaker, Lewkowicz brings with her all her areas of experience and expertise as well as her theatrical background, offering presentations that are not only full of useful information, but highly enjoyable as well!

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     viii
About the Author     x
Introduction: A Teacher Laments     1
Developing Emotional Skills     9
Understanding Choice-Making     10
Developing Group Choice-Making     16
Identifying Feelings     21
Understanding Assumptions     25
Examining and Lowering Anxiety     32
Becoming Aware of Feelings     39
Dealing With Anger     46
Examining and Accepting Responsibility     53
Choosing Happiness     60
Developing Social Skills     67
Developing Self-Acceptance     69
Examining Self-Measurement     73
Evaluating Unrealistic Expectations     78
Promoting Friendship     84
Strengthening Family     91
Learning About Put-Downs     98
Dealing With Peer Pressure     104
Examining Prejudice     116
Developing Life Skills     123
Looking at Manipulation     125
Strengthening Active Listening and Feedback Skills     128
Developing Assertiveness     132
Learning Commimication and Negotiation     135
Building Study Skills     139
Clarifying Values and Consequences     142
Investigating Cheating     147
Investigating Stealing     151
Investigating Bullying     155
Investigating Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs     158
Getting Help     163
Taking Risks and Setting Goals     166
Epilogue: A Teacher Rejoices     170
Reproducible Masters     173
Summary Activities     203
References     207
Index     209
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