Dr. Lorea Martinez: Social and Emotional Learning. Not Just for Kids!

How well do you understand your own emotions? Do your emotions ever get in the way of producing quality work or collaborating effectively? Chances are, yes. This is why social-emotional learning, or SEL, is so important for us to teach children at home and at school. For us adults, we can still master SEL skills so that we, too, can be stronger, more compassionate leaders, colleagues, and citizens. My guest today, Dr. Lorea Martinez, and I discuss the positive impact that can have on your workforce, productivity, and performance. 

In this episode, Lorea and I discuss what SEL means to both children and adults. We talk about the efforts around the world to embed this learning in our schools and how it helps kids become more aware of their emotions, leading to better problem-solving skills and collaboration. Lorea shares the psychology of emotions and how they impact our performance at work and our ability to learn. We discuss how trauma impacts learning and cognitive development in kids and adults, and finally how we create spaces where people can bring their full identities and truly belong.

Key Takeaways:

  • We all have a voice and can make a difference in our communities. We all have a purpose in life and we can change the future generations as we learn, ourselves, and teach our children these social-emotional skills. 
  • Emotions are part of our cognitive process – we cannot have thought without feelings and all decisions we make are based on emotions.
  • One of the most important things is creating spaces where people can build their most authentic selves. 
  • We are hiding from ourselves when we are not embracing the diversity in ourselves and around us. 

“Social and emotional learning is the application of emotional intelligence. It’s a lifelong process. It’s never too early or too late to start practicing and learning emotional intelligence.” —  Dr. Lorea Martinez

About Dr. Lorea Martinez:
Dr. Lorea Martinez, Author & Founder, HEART in Mind

Dr. Lorea Martínez is the award-winning founder of HEART in Mind, a consulting company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their practices, products, and learning communities. An educator who has worked with children and adults internationally, Dr. Martínez is a faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College, educating aspiring principals in Emotional Intelligence. Her new book for educators, Teaching with the HEART in Mind, is currently available. Previously, she was a special education teacher and administrator. She frequently blogs about how to incorporate SEL in teaching practices and parenting at loreamartinez.com

Connect with Dr. Lorea Martinez:  

Website: https://loreamartinez.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/loreamart

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/loreamartinez/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loreamartinezSEL/

Book: Teaching with the HEART in Mind: https://amzn.to/394f5dO

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