Professor of Emotions Visits

26th March 2018

On Thursday 22nd March, Professor Marc Brackett from Yale University, addressed Girton Grammar School students 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 Girton Grammar School for 7 years and his RULER program has been implemented in both Girton’s Senior and Junior School’s. 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 RULER 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, Mr Matthew Maruff, said that since implementing the RULER approach 7 years ago, students seem to have improved their understanding, labelling and managing of emotions.

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

“My observation over the last 7 years 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 are 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,” Mr Maruff said.