Emotional Literacy

“many children lack a sophisticated vocabulary for expressing their emotions, and […] their inability to clearly label their feelings leaves them unable to describe their state of mind in a way that permits teachers to help them.”

“Students should learn to find the language to express the full complexity of human emotion, even emotions that they themselves haven’t yet experienced. The best way to achieve that is to make sure that they […] read and critique poetry, short stories, and novels. Through literature and the arts they will not merely hear and talk about emotions generally, but they will experience and learn to express the interior lives of other people. As a result, they’ll be not only better students, but better people.”

From: today.uconn.edu

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