YESS at WEST
West Leadership Weekly Round Up: October 16th – 20th
A brainy week here at West Leadership as we continue to work on our Healthy Relationships unit – this week discussing the brain and emotional intelligence.
This week we started a new unit over the brain and it’s functions – discussing how our brain develops from adolescence into adulthood. By understanding this development process and being cognizant of it’s effects, students will better understand their emotional responses and take more control of the decision-making process. Students enjoyed discussing three important points from this unit 1) The functions of the brain are localized 2) Our prefrontal cortex is still developing until our mid 20’s, making executive functioning and rational decision making more difficult in our early years. 3) The limbic system is the emotion system of the brain – controlling basic emotions and instincts.
On Wednesday and Thursday we tied our discussions regarding the brain and its limbic system (emotional part) to a broader conversation regarding emotional intelligence and expressing oneself. First, students were introduced to the 6 basic universal human emotions: Happiness/Joy, Surprise, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. We discussed what we associate with each of these words and how, by understanding the brain and its workings, we can better control these emotions and expressions.
That about does it for this week.
See you next time! -Ben