(Social and Emotional Learning through a Behaviour Education Approach)
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to use emotions effectively and productively. Current research has shown that students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. As the benefits of emotional intelligence have become more widely recognised, the Personal and Social Capabilities have been introduced into the Victorian Curriculum, making the explicit teaching of EQ an expectation in Australian Schools.
The Melrose EQ curriculum is made up of 3 Pillars: Know Yourself (understanding our own and others’ emotions), Choose Yourself (making strong choices to be your best self) and Give of Yourself (helping to create a better world through kindness and empathy). EQ language guided by the Play Is The Way (PITW) Philosophy develops students who are independent (as opposed to authority dependent), self-managing (as opposed to managed by the lure of praise and rewards, or the fear of punishment), self-motivated (as opposed to teacher directed, teacher prompted, teacher driven) lifelong learners and problem solvers.
The teaching and learning of EQ is a fundamental and established part of the Melrose curriculum. In addition to being woven into the daily fabric of school life and learning, it is afforded the right to be a subject in itself. The subject is called The EQ Hour. The EQ Hour is timetabled in class programs four days a week, one hour per day. During the EQ Hour students are taught explicit social and emotional skills that enable them to achieve optimum wellbeing. In addition to the three pillars of emotional intelligence, students are supported with The Melrose Way (Rights, Rules and Responsibilities of being a Melrose Child), Play is the Way (PITW) Key Concepts, Cooperative Games, Class Meetings and Melrose Minutes of Mindfulness (MMM).
The Melrose EQ Curriculum encourages children to learn, work, and contribute to their best selves, supporting students to successfully manage learning, form relationships, communicate effectively and get along with others. The explicit teaching of emotional intelligence combined with academic learning, built on caring relationships and a warm but challenging classroom and school environment is the standard we set for effective education for the world we now face.