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Ms. P. from Newark NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mastering Emotional Intelligence for Internship, Career, and Post-Secondary Success

Help me give my students the tools to increase their emotional intelligence to obtain the biggest return on investment on their future endeavors post high school.

  • $332 goal

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My Students

My students are the most at-risk students at our school. Most of my students come from high poverty, encountered traumatic life experiences, and face many challenges. In order for our students to succeed and have a positive learning experience their social/emotional needs must be meet.

I want students to understand that mastering their Emotional Intelligence can lead to improved internship, career, and post-secondary success.

Often, teens need guidance with what to do with their emotions. For some teens, emotions come on strongly and they may not have the tools to manage those emotions. In worse case scenarios, a teen might turn to drugs or alcohol as a means to help them manage their feelings. In other cases, a teen might distance themselves from feeling and perhaps even become depressed. The good news is, everyone can be more aware of their emotions. It just takes practice. But it's worth the effort: Emotional awareness is the first step toward building emotional intelligence, a skill that can help people succeed in life.

My Project

This project will assist students build the skills and confidence they need to obtain their first internships and career. I want my students to understand that by learning about emotional intelligence they will be prepared for solving conflicts and communicate effectively. With the books I have chosen students will be able to identify and implement new skills to their life. Students will participate in a weekly program to read, discuss, and role play different scenarios that will engage and encourage them to succeed.

The skill of active listening is a key part of helping create genuine two-way communication – and it is about far more than just paying attention.

It involves genuinely following dialogue and responding to others using your own body language, then being able to demonstrate that you have understood by verbally summarizing back key messages that have been received. The skill of active listening is a key part of helping create genuine two-way communication – and​​ it is about far more than just paying attention.

Furthermore, research states that interpersonal skills can be enhanced by helping students increase their emotion vocabulary. Encouraging students to understand the difference between “sad”, “disappointed” and “upset” acts as springboard to develop appropriate strategies for each.

Moreover, when we have low self-awareness, we’re at risk of not realizing how we come across to others, and letting an over inflated self-image skew our behavior and social interactions.

The books that I have chosen below such as Self-Regulation Interventions, Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, The Think Confident, Be Confident books will allow students to see examples, learn how other implemented the skills, and how beneficial it is to every day success. These materials will be used during sessions with students on a weekly basis.

Ms. P.
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
What You Do Matters: What Do You Do With a Chance?, What Do You Do With a Problem?, What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $33.03 1 $33.03
Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders • Amazon Business $24.29 1 $24.29
Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger • Amazon Business $19.59 1 $19.59
Mindfulness for Teen Anger: A Workbook to Overcome Anger and Aggression Using MBSR and DBT Skills • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
The Think Confident, Be Confident Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Create Unshakable Self-Confidence and Reach Your Goals • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety (Instant Help) • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Ish (Creatrilogy) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
What Do You Do with an Idea? (Plush) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
My Mouth Is a Volcano Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Dot • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals • Amazon Business $5.33 1 $5.33

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