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Improving Academic Performance

How to Improve Grades in School?

Improving academic performance is strongly linked to developing children's emotional intelligence skills (EI). Self- esteem is another factor affecting children's academic results. Programs that develop children emotional wellbeing have been shown to have a positive effect on grades.

EI skills can help kids improve their grades quite significantly. Children and teenagers often struggle with the emotions of feeling overwhelmed by academic work. By learning the skills of stress management, motivation and optimism these feelings can be managed successfully. Children must be taught the skills to be successful in school.

Emotions and academic achievement are linked. Managing emotions is a key part of improving academic performance. Below you will find a summary of research findings that show children who receive lessons in social and emotional behavior do better in school and later in life.

In fact, developing self confidence and effective strategies to cope with everyday life are so important for children that research indicates they improve in an academic environment almost immediately once they have these strategies.

Basic human patterning is emotional therefore by learning how to cope with emotional situations children can expand their academic skills. We need to be helping students develop the ability to think critically while creating innovative solutions to problems. We as educators and parents must do more to raise academic standards by using the knowledge of emotions and how they work.

Help Promote Academic Achievement

Improving academic performance is a regular occurrence in schools with programs that teach EI skills.

Edutopia found that:

Students in a Child Development Project School had greater cooperative skills, were more helpful, and showed greater empathy. They also found they were able to sort out their differences by themselves without adult help. Kids at these schools were also fully committed to democratic virtues like justice and fairness.

Children who participated in 25 lessons a year in the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program curriculum (A violence prevention program which is underpinned by emotional development lessons) were shown to be improving academic performance on standardized achievement tests than other kids.

Over two years, the Responsive Classroom group had much better results on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

High grades and self esteem are strongly linked. An evaluation of three groups of students at age eighteen found that had participated in the full social development program from grades one through six were were less likely to use alcohol or drugs, were less to be sexually active, were involved in fewer acts of violence and were better behaved in school.

See also how to get good grades here.

Emotional Variables

Katharine Ragozzino, Hank Resnik, Mary Utne-O’Brien, and Roger P.Weissberg found that:

More and more school leaders and policymakers are discovering the importance of social and emotional variables for academic performance and achievement
SEL provides students with varied skills that positively affect academic achievement. Improving students’ social and emotional skills forwards the academic achievement of educational institutions. It also makes sure classrooms help create responsible, thoughtful and understanding students.

SEL offers children basic learning that will help them to succeed in their individual and working situations.

Improving Academic Performance

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