We all know academic knowledge alone is not enough to succeed in life. One needs much more. For this reason, we have adopted the LIV – Life Intelligence Lab – as our social-emotional development curriculum. In Escola Eleva, it is in all segments:
In Kindergarten, we help children to name and recognize their feelings. We got inspired by American Psychologist Paul Ekman’s theory. He is a pioneer in studying feelings and facial expressions. We work on the basic emotions: fear, joy, sadness, and anger, and we added love, which we believe are fundamental when we think of family bonds.
We present children with situations they live in their day-to-day through stories developed by author Mirna Portella and illustrated by award-winning Laurent Cardon. While the reading happens, puppets propose topics to talk about, making children more comfortable to share their experiences. We also work with songs composed by Maíra Martins. They connect feelings with various musical rhythms through songs such as “Sadness Waltz”, “Love Axé”, “Anger Baião”, among others.
LIV is not restricted to the school space. Students continue to work on their self-knowledge process at home along with their guardians, supported by materials created specifically for them. This way, we spread learning into every environment of children’s lives, potentializing their full development.
In Lower School, we keep emotional intelligence as our focus. We work on the four pillars of Psychologist Daniel Goleman’s theory: self-knowledge, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills. At this moment, we diversify the approach, recognizing students as individuals able to identify and name more complex feelings such as jealousy, frustration, excitement, and regret. This work is carried out through books created in partnership with author Blandina Franco and illustrator Carlos Lollo, both Prêmio Jabuti award winners. Every chapter, the main characters live through situations that emulate the ones lived by young students, helping them to reflect on their experiences.
Besides that, we guide students’ guardians through the book “Tenho monstros na barriga” (“I’ve Got Monsters in my Belly”), by author Tonia Casarin. This encourages discussions about feelings among the family.
In Middle School, we present students with various subjects and teachers, starting a process of higher demand regarding formal studies. At the same time, they experience a period of changes: adolescence. In this context, development of social-emotional skills becomes indispensable, favoring interpersonal relationships and new challenges.
The curriculum for this age group is guided by six main skills: perseverance, creativity, communication, proactivity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
To further assist this skill development, we work on themes and with tools connected to students’ language. The classes are guided by games, projects and audiovisual series that seek to engage them in the development of their social-emotional skills.
The program’s biggest hit in this segment is the four audiovisual series developed exclusively for LIV. They bring up important issues to be discussed in class. The purpose is approaching the social-emotional sphere in a meaningful way, starting from the students’ connections with characters and actors.
When students get to High School , society asks them to take personal and professional decisions, causing them anxiety and, in some cases, a lot of stress. Education is a central opportunity to prepare them for this stage of life, turning their potential into possibilities. We help students to research, reflect and exchange ideas with the group, rethinking about their personal choices in a self-knowledge process, and about professional choices, so decision-making gets more conscious.
In Jaques Delors’ report organized by Unesco in 2015 about adolescence and education, one of the main topics is the importance of putting the individual at the center of their development processes. Starting from this idea, LIV’s goal is to help young people understand that: they are responsible for their choices; every choice has consequences; not choosing is choosing.
To captivate the students, we had Youtuber Jout Jout record videos exclusively for LIV, presenting themes that help them make personal choices so important at this stage of life. Regarding professional choices, we have Fundação Estudar as our partner. It is a nonprofit organization that supports young people in various projects and in their career decisions.
Since LIV’s dynamics are very unique, every teacher in Escola Eleva Botafogo is being certified in the Life Intelligence Laboratory so we can maintain the school culture aligned with the class’ principles in all school spheres. Speaking of culture, the “LIV in Family” is one of the outcomes of the Life Intelligence Laboratory.
LIV – Life Intelligence Lab – Is our social-emotional development curriculum
In Kindergarten, we help children to name and recognize their feelings
In Lower School we work on the four pillars of Psychologist Daniel Goleman’s theory: self-knowledge, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills
In Middle School they experience interpersonal relationships and new challenges
In High School we help students to research, reflect and exchange ideas with the group, rethinking about their personal choices in a self-knowledge process