Building a learner’s emotional vocabulary

To really encourage a deeper exploration of a young persons emotions, and how they feel on good and bad days, invite them to talk about how they would feel in certain situations such as having a big argument with a best friend, being bullied, getting a great mark in Maths, having the best day out ever etc. When you have a good selection of positive and negative feelings (and not just words like sad, happy etc), write each one down on a different piece of card and then get them to order the words from the most negative at the bottom to the top most, very positive (you could create a sort of ladder shape). Glue the ordered words on to a bigger piece of card and use as a useful resource you both can refer to in future sessions, to aid effective dialogue.

Happy coaching!

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