A person’s emotional intelligence is shaped by his or her childhood experience. If nurtured and strengthened, social-emotional development has benefits to a student’s health, relationships, and academic achievement. On the other hand, if a person’s emotional intelligence is not developed, it can lead to severe personal deficits and possible societal costs.

In this course the teacher will learn what social-emotional learning is and its importance in the classroom. Teachers will obtain strategies to create an inducive environment and develop an affective curriculum using rich literature. Connecting social-emotional development in the entire school as well as at home amplifies the impact, and teachers will gain many techniques to initiate these changes. By the end of the course, the teacher will be prepared to use stories to teach important life lessons to build their student’s social-emotional intelligence.