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Restorative approach to Emotional Intelligence

Restorative practices are a process through which SEL (social-emotional learning) skills are further learned and refined, and provide a safe physical and emotional environment for doing so. When adults teach lessons in social skills and modeling, and exercise skills with children, energies also turn to train new skills and others. If previously learned skills are never updated, students will miss or fail to use them. That's where the method of remedial practice comes in. For example, the circle method increases the probability that students can use their talents because they have daily chances to learn about and exercise them.

This process offers mechanisms to listen with empathy, understand how others feel, express feelings and experiences, control emotions, and more.

SEL (social-emotional learning) assists pupils and adults in the course of restorative practice. Students with listening skills, patience, constructive dissensions, supportive interactions, relational awareness and control, and successful managing of difficult circumstances will take part more readily and trustfully in the restorative practice process. When students feel the emotion in circle time, they can use their ability to control and convey certain feelings while those in the circle need to use their abilities to recognize emotions. Social skills are useful for all forms of restorative activities. Students are best suited to overcome a problem-solving challenge through disagreements by using their listening, viewpoint taking, and empathic abilities in a circle of comprehension.

Thus, adults can also handle and facilitate restorative processes more efficiently by incorporating their social-emotional abilities because the application of skills such as empathy and consideration for others can encourage healthy relationships, the cornerstone of restorative activities. The incorporation of SEL into the community and education of schools corresponds with the application of restorative therapy. Restaurant activities provide students and adults with the opportunity, a supportive environment, procedures, and cognitive and emotional development, and the framework to effectively handle the restorative process and all that it entails.

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