As I’ve said a couple times, I work for ECI now. I should probably do a post explaining ECI and my role before this but this is on my heart. Monday, I was doing a training about some changes coming to ECI. We use 3 Global Child Outcomes to help direct our services for kids. All outcomes we develop must fit into at least one of these categories to help the child as a whole with one of these three things:
- Have positive social relationships
- Acquire and use knowledge and skills
- Take appropriate action to meet needs
They are very broad categories and it’s fairly difficult for me to think of a goal that wouldn’t easily fit into at least one of those categories.
Recently, the federal government has asked the states to come up with a plan to improve their ECIs. Texas has decided, among other things, to focus on the first outcome a bit more-Have positive social relationships.
As I was listening to the training yesterday, I was reminded how often we take emotional intelligence and social skills for granted. We find it difficult to teach those skills and assume children just somehow know them. We get frustrated and forget the child honestly doesn’t know what to do with their emotions yet. I’ve taught the Emotional Development training a few times now and I know its difficult for some teachers to process. I’ve worked with families how are so focused on their child meeting physical milestones, they forget they need to meet social/emotional milestones as well. I understand. It’s hard to measure emotional milestones. And we often make two steps forward one step back kind of progress with emotional goals. Physical goals, and even mental goals, are easier to measure, easier to attain, easier to check off a list. But emotional goals are actually the biggest indicator of a child’s future success!
We have to remember the whole child-physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development are all important for a well-rounded child and, hopefully, adult. I love the verse Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man” because it tells us Jesus grew in all those areas of development, too. (I talk about this more in Child Development in the Bible)
I’m excited about this push for more awareness of the necessity and importance of emotional intelligence! And I love how simply our global child outcome sums it up “Have positive social relationships.” Such a simple statement but such a complex concept.
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