Developing the Skills of Emotional Intelligence using the Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is a tool we can use to reflect on and communicate how we are feeling. We also can use the Mood Meter to practice the RULER skills. When we check in with and share our authentic emotions, we can model emotional intelligence and form closer connections with our colleagues and with youth in our program.

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Staff Reflections

After viewing the video, find relevance and meaning by making connections between the video and your OST experience by reflecting. Feel free to respond to the prompts below by writing in a journal, sharing in small/large groups, or taking a moment to sit with your own thoughts. Use the approach that fits best in your setting. 

Prompt 1

How might the Mood Meter change the way you talk about your emotions?

Prompt 2

How might you use the Mood Meter to help youth talk about their emotions?

Staff Activities

After viewing the video, engage staff in activities to practice and explore key RULER concepts. Click the thumbnails below to download the activities and tip sheet.

Music and the Mood Meter

Plot Yourself on the Mood Meter

Mood Meter Tip Sheet

Youth Activity

Developing the Skills of Emotional Intelligence Using the Mood Meter

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