• Emotional Intelligence at N.T.
    Elementary Schools  
    North Tonawanda Elementary School Counselors are excited to continue to reinforce the RULER Approach in each elementary school!  This is an emotional intelligence initiative created by Yale University.  Beginning in December 2015, N.T. students started learning about emotional intelligence in their classrooms and we encourage parents and guardians to continue to reinforce this at home.  
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     To recognize emotions, families can:
    • pay attention to your emotions and the emotions of your children.
    • point out and discuss the facial expressions, vocal changes, and body language that reflect different emotions.
    To understand emotions, families can:
    • anticipate, manage, or prevent unwanted feelings in ourselves and others
    • promote wanted feelings in ourselves and others
    • support children's emotional needs 
     To label emotions, families can:
    • use a wide range of emotional words with children
    • encourage children to find the best word to describe their feelings 
     To express emotions, families can:
    • talk about what your body looks like when you are angry, excited, sad, calm, etc.
    • help children evaluate the best time, place, and way to express their feelings 
     To regulate emotions, families can:
    • model different effective strategies for children when you manage your own feelings
    • help children find useful and successful strategies for managing the range of emotions they experience 
    The RULER Anchors Drake Elementary students know well include: 
    The Mood Meter - This is a tool for expressing, labeling, regulating, and charting how students feel. 
    Mood Meter  
    Meta-Moment - This promotes strategies to help recognize, understand, and regulate emotional triggers and responses.
         Meta Moment
    For more information please see the links below.   
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