How and why to teach life skills to children?

How and why to teach life skills to children? -
How and why to teach life skills to children? -

Begins to arise a need to incorporate education, life skills-oriented success.

The debate on where to walk educational innovation is without a doubt exciting. Statements like that “meaningful learning occurs through the emotion,” expounded by Mar Izuel premise in a recent forum of educational innovation , reflecting a trend that seems already consolidated in the educational system on whether to teach children to handle their emotions and develop empathy. In short, it begins to be widespread among educators need to incorporate their educational objectives the promotion of social and emotional skills in children.

In InspiraKIDS we saw more than two years ago the need to combine the strengthening of social and emotional intelligence in children with the potentiation of their creativity or training in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. After our exciting journey to date, the positive impact they experience and we convey our students and the emergence of initiatives similar to ours when we travel we reaffirm the right way.

This resulting combination of strengthening the student emotional and social skills with life skills, in addition to the traditional teachings that are taught in school, is already beginning to be reflected in different areas of the education sector. Ellen Galinski, president of the Families and Work Institute and contributor to the education section of the Huffington Post, identified in an interesting article  two types of powers which could be reinforced at school: those related to the character and so-called life skills.

The main novelty of this approach is to incorporate school learning skills related to executive functions of the brain, consisting of management thoughts, actions and emotions to achieve goals. While emotional competencies are about who you are, executive functions are about how you handle, what you know to achieve your goals.

In his article, Ellen Galinski refers to 7 types of life skills-based executive functions that might be reinforced at school:

– The attention and self-control

– Taking prospects

– The communication

– Establishing connections

– Critical thinking

– The assumption of challenges

– The ability for self-learning

We are in the embryo of an exciting field of reflection that will take on a growing importance and on which we are working in InspiraKIDS. A more ambitious approach that puts education efforts not only on what we learn, but also who we are, how we relate to others and how we manage our potential to optimize learning and success in life.