20 Feb Blueprints for Caring: Feeling Words
Creating an on-going feeling word vocabulary can also be seen as improving one’s emotional literacy. Emotional literacy is reflective of someone with a high degree of emotional intelligence. A person with high EQ is able to manage his or her emotions during stressful times. #CASEL
Feeling Words Vocabulary Builder
Distribute a handout of “Feeling Words”, (see below). Ask students to help you define each word, and brainstorm with them on other words to add. Then ask each student to:
- Star six words that they use often
- Underline six words that they seldom use
- Circle any words that they do not understand
Ask students to avoid using the starred words during the rest of the week and to use the underlined words whenever possible.
Challenge yourself to use new words as well, especially the words you might use to describe disruptive students. Instead of “rude” and “disrespectful,” consider using “disconnected” or “alienated,” and see how those words may change your attitude.
In a class meeting, have students share how it felt to use new words. Then ask the following questions:
- What surprised you about using the new feeling words?
- How might improving your vocabulary of feeling words help you in the future?
Download the Feeling Words Handout here.
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