GoEQ's™ holistic approach, including brain health, lifestyle, and personal spirituality, is designed to meet the needs of the whole student as they learn about mental and emotional health. Created with students in mind, it’s structured to be accessible to students’ varied learning styles. Integrating science with reading, writing, research, art, and activities, cross-curricular connections are formed and students are challenged to apply their knowledge and learning techniques in each area of life.
The journey of optimizing our mental health begins with an understanding of our physical brains. GoEQ™students gain an age-appropriate understanding of the anatomy and function of the brain.
The everyday lifestyle choices we make have an impact on our brain’s health. GoEQ™ students discover how various mental and physical lifestyle habits impact their brain’s health, which determines its ability to function and think clearly.
Our emotional intelligence influences our choices and behaviors. GoEQ™ students obtain a practical understanding of emotional intelligence through applications to real life, broadening their emotional skill set.
Optimizing our mental health includes challenging our irrational thoughts. GoEQ™ students acquire tools to identify, evaluate, and reframe untrue and unhelpful thoughts.
Optimized mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness and addiction, but the presence of character strengths that solidify our emotional intelligence. GoEQ™ students develop the 24 documented cross-cultural character strengths to enhance their lives and well-being.
One of the most important factors affecting our ability to pursue and achieve optimal mental health is our attitude. GoEQ™ students foster the understanding that their minds can always be enhanced and brain health can be achieved and maintained through consistent effort.
An important but often overlooked component of mental health is having a spiritual connection. The Bible offers us a compass to test our thoughts to ensure we tell ourselves the truth. GoEQ™ students receive a biblical perspective in mental health and emotional intelligence and learn how spirituality can support them in their journey towards emotional brilliance.
The GoEQ™ curriculum is designed to be taught four days per week for 12 weeks, each daily lesson being about 40 minutes in length. However, many teachers have spread the curriculum over a full 16-week semester or even a full year. We suggest teaching the GoEQ™ curriculum at a pace where your students grasp its principles for optimal benefit. Whatever your timeframe is, the GoEQ™ curriculum can be adapted to fit it.
I don’t have the suggested amount of time in my instructional day to spend on emotional intelligence. Can I still teach this curriculum and make it effective? Yes! In the various pilots done with this curriculum, not every teacher taught it for the designed 40 minutes per day, four days per week. Lessons can easily be cut in half. Many teachers have taken the program slowly, choosing to teach for optimal student retention and learning rather than getting through the program material in 12 weeks. One way to fit in the lesson material is to preview the lessons and decide which scenarios and activities you are going to do. For example, you may decide to do two examples one day and one the next as a review. Or, you could teach a lesson with one or two examples one day and use the rest of the examples throughout the week for review.
Another aspect of this curriculum is that you can plug various lessons into different parts of the day. For example, the lessons on brain anatomy easily fit into science as a subunit. The lessons on promoting brain health can easily fit into health or science. Lessons on emotional intelligence and untangling thoughts can be included in Bible, social studies, health, or even morning worship. Once students have started learning the emotional tools for calming down and untangling their thoughts, you can gently remind them to use the tools throughout the day as situations come up to reinforce practicing the skills that build emotional intelligence. These tools, even in small doses, will go a long way to foster healthy thinking and emotional brilliance in your students for the rest of their lives.
Yes, the materials included are: teacher’s manual with a full instructional script, student worksheets/workbooks, discussion questions, activities for all material, PowerPoints, teaching videos, music playlist, references to all materials used, references to information for further study, unit tests and recommended evaluations, grading rubrics, student objectives, pre-lesson preparation and materials lists, and pre- and post-assessment tests.