When we learn to use our emotions intelligently we develop the ability to Recognise, Understand, Label and Express our emotions in a Regulated way. Helping whole school communities develop their Emotional Intelligence.
The RULER Approach
The RULER Approach Created at The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in the U.S. RULER is an evidence-based approach for integrating social and emotional learning into schools. RULER applies “hard science” to the teaching of what has historically been called “soft skills.” RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the practice of emotional intelligence into their daily school routine.
Decades of research show that emotional intelligence is essential to effective teaching and learning, to sound decision-making, to physical and mental health, and to success at school and beyond. RULER acts as prevention rather than cure.
By 2029 the smartest being on planet earth will be a machine A.I. As we start to integrate our lives with more A.I. over the next 8 years our holistic wellbeing and emotional intelligence will become the most important element of the human species. Data from a McKinsey report states that by 2030 the need for basic cognitive skills in the workplace will decline and there will be a 30% increase in social and emotional skills. This is a good indication that a necessary part of a child’s curriculum should be emotional intelligence.
RULER is an acronym for targeted emotional skills including- Recognising, Understanding, Labelling, Expressing, and Regulating emotion.
RULER uses four specific tools to help schools enhance the emotional intelligence of school leaders, teachers, staff, pupils and their families, these are know as The Anchor Tools. Research also shows that when schools and homes partner to support children’s emotional development children not only feel better, they achieve better academically.
Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, physical and mental health.
Lulu Luckock gives whole-school training to develop the Emotional Intelligence of school communities using the RULER approach.
The Anchors Tools
This training grounds teachers, staff, pupils, and families in the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence. These fundamental RULER tools enhance the individual's ability to understand and regulate their own emotions and to consider and empathise with how others are feeling.
The Charter for building and sustaining positive emotional climates
The Mood Meter for enhancing emotion skills
The Meta-Moment for responding to triggers with the one’s “best self,” and
The Blueprint for reflecting on and resolving conflict
Students using RULER have better academic performance RULER improves school climate RULER increases students’ emotional intelligence and social skills RULER decreases anxiety and depression Students using RULER are less likely to bully other students Students using RULER have better leadership skills and attention Teachers have better relationships with students, less burnout, better relationships with admin, more positive about teaching
Some of the schools that have successfully rolled RULER out to date- DUCKS, Corpus Christi Primary School, Knightsbridge School, All Saints Primary School, Beeston Hall, Cokethorpe, York House, Aldenham Prep School, Willow on the Farm.
Click here to read an article published in The Telegraph in February 2016 about RULER written from a parent's point of view. "Mummy is having a yellow day..."
“The problem in schools for a long time has been that we haven’t given children a language of feeling. We haven’t given them ways of making sense and understanding the feelings and the emotions that often whirl within them.” Sir Ken Robinson, EQ summit May 2017
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