Increasing Social and Emotional Competencies Through Online Gaming
Oct 21, 2016 3:53:45 PM Emily Jensen
Students across the country are utilizing online gaming platforms in elementary and middle schools to develop positive social and emotional skills that will help them increase academic achievement and transition throughout school. Research shows that students who are able to manage emotions and behaviors within the classroom are more likely to have academic success. These emotional competencies include communication skills, empathy, anger management, and interpersonal problem solving; all of which are imperative to student achievement. This shift towards improving social and emotional competencies, instead of a sole emphasis on academic achievement, has been influenced by the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. States now have the flexibility in measuring and developing student skills, allowing districts to leverage new programs such as online gaming platforms.