Teaching Emotional Skills and Self Awareness In Schools
The Kilonpuisto Comprehensive School experiment aims to share effective practices that teach emotional skills and self awareness, and in doing so, prove that these skills can be integrated into all learning across daily school life. The experiment will teach students self awareness, empathy and compassion towards others and also help them recognise their strengths and understand their emotions.
What is the idea of the experiment?
In this experiment we will be gathering practices that focus on developing emotional skills and self awareness skills in schools and we intend to make them a part of the daily routines of students. Calming exercises can integrated into the school day by doing breathing, concentration or relaxation exercises, for example. Students will be focusing on recognising their own strengths and feelings each day and practice putting their experiences into words.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?
The goal of the experiment is to develop student self awareness, curiosity towards oneself and towards life and add understanding and empathy towards oneself and others. Students will learn how to put their thoughts and feelings into words and make good choices with the skills they learn and the strengths they discover during the experiment.
Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?
Emotional skills and self awareness has been exercised in the Kilonpuisto Comprehensive School for some years now. This experiment will be researching the effects they have on students through their experiences. The effective practices will be shared furthermore.
How will the experiment be scheduled?
The experiment will be conducted throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
How does this experiment affect learning?
Observing and distinguishing one’s feelings is extremely important. Our brains are affected by our behavioral models and thoughts and these aspects have an impression on how we connect with our surroundings. Learning these skills play a key role in recognising harmful thoughts and feelings of inadequacy for example. In doing so, students will be able to control their learning better - when we see the good in ourselves, we will be able to create a positive life and atmosphere and succeed.
The new curriculum in Finland obligates schools to pay more attention to developing calm learning environments, well-being, self-esteem, empathy and social and emotional skills. These are all things this experiment intends to focus on.