Developing a curriculum based off emotional intelligence has been our goal for this research. Researching and attending trainings held by Yale, who have implemented the RULER technique, has helped us come up with some ideas for a standard curriculum. Up to this point, we have developed a minimum of 6 lesson plans that implement the 5 building blocks that make up emotional intelligence. Each lesson plan focuses on explaining each component such as self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation, empathy and social skills. Then an activity is also included to get students to develop each component. The goal is that by the end of these lessons, they are more aware of their emotional intelligence and practice using it for their academic careers.
Some challenges that we ran into while developing these lessons plans were finding a base to start from. The research we found was good and the book we were reading helped a lot, however, most lesson plans or curriculums were for middle school or elementary school children. It wouldn’t make sense to base it off that for college students, which is our target audience. Yet, we were able to find components of emotional intelligence and do a separate search on each one. From there, it was easier to develop a more in-depth program for each one.
Throughout this project, I have learned to be more aware of my own emotional intelligence. Downloading an app that tracks my mood gives me insight as to how im feeling throughout the day and makes me more self-aware. It was eye-opening to see that I’m not always feeling happy, even though people tell me that I am a happy person. It also gives me insight as to how I can develop motivation, social skills and use this to my advantage. Especially during my time here at Pace, it can be useful to get ahead academically and socially. This project has impacted me in a way I did not think it would impact me. At first, I didn’t think that I was going to like researching, but doing this for the whole entire summer, I love researching and am looking forward to my experimental psych class next month!