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Social Intelligence

Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself.

Why does social intelligence matter?

Social intelligence is about being able to notice and understand the emotions of both yourself and others. People with social intelligence know what to do to fit in different social situations and they can put others at ease. With social intelligence you can build respect, trust and deepen relationships.


What does social intelligence look like?

Students with social intelligence might:

  • notice when a classmate is feeling down;
  • be a leader in a collaborative activity;
  • listen to their friends if they have a setback;
  • help people confront a challenge.

Teachers with social intelligence might:

  • know how their emotions impact on their classroom climate;
  • support their colleagues;
  • get to know parents and make them feel valued in the learning process;
  • make students feel valued and listened to.