RULER Wellbeing Framework
Emotional Intelligence Program
The Wellbeing program at Mentone Grammar helps to create an environment where every student in the School Community is known and cared for.
The Program aims to create an atmosphere where every student can achieve their best academically, socially, and emotionally.
To support this, the School embraces the teaching of the RULER program to students from Foundation – Year 9. Developed at Yale University, this is an emotional intelligence program designed to support a positive and safe school environment.
The RULER approach is designed to improve the quality of classroom interaction through professional development and classroom curricula that infuse emotional literacy instruction into teaching-learning interactions.
The approach is implemented across two key strategies: The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence; and The Feeling Words Curriculum.
Understanding the acronym and the key principles of RULER:
- Recognising emotions in self and others
- Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
- Labeling emotions accurately
- Expressing emotions appropriately
- Regulating emotions effectively
The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence
This strategy is comprised of four primary tools: the Charter, Mood Meter, Meta Moment, and Blueprint. Each is based on scientific research and helps children and adults develop their emotional intelligence skills.
The Feeling Words Curriculum
When the right words are not available to students, communication can break down. Students’ feelings become confused, suppressed, or even displaced onto others. The Feeling Words Curriculum empowers students to describe the full range of human emotions.
Students hone their emotional intelligence skills, enhance their writing and critical thinking skills, and develop the creativity, empathy, and advanced perspective-taking abilities they need to make healthy decisions and build mutually supportive relationships.
The above information is drawn from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence website.