Marc Brackett at Girton. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Marc Brackett from Yale University spoke to Girton Grammar School students last week on regulating emotions and the benefits that this has on relationship development, learning, social skills and other areas of life.

Professor Brackett has worked with the school for seven years and his RULER program has been implemented in both Girton’s senior and junior Schools.

In 2011, a team of Girton teachers was sent to Yale University to learn more about emotional skills and how to teach them to students.

Since that time, more than 200 teachers have received the training from their teaching peers.

The RULER approach is based on the premise that how we feel affects our learning, the decisions we make, how we treat others and our personal well-being.

Girton Grammar is the first school in Australia to adopt the RULER Approach to emotional intelligence.

Headmaster of Girton Grammar School Matthew Maruff, said that since implementing the approach seven years ago, students seem to have improved their understanding, labelling and managing of emotions.

“For us, adopting the approach is as much about student well-being as it is about academic achievement because one thing usually leads to the other,” he said.

“My observation is that RULER teaches students how to respond to life, that life is not always fair and that it’s not always someone’s fault when we don’t get what we want.

“We were delighted to again have Professor Brackett visit the School to work with our staff and students. He has been instrumental in supporting our training methods within the School.”