This article is a really helpful reminder for when you are teaching emotional intelligence. I reread it probably once a year to remind myself that authenticity is essential when teaching emotional intelligence, or students won't buy into your message.
This article really gets at the reason that EI is so important for teens: they have all these new emotions and are having new life experiences. Without work on their emotional intelligence, adolescence can be much harder than it needs to be. This article is a good introduction and short concise list of how students can work on understanding their emotions and building their emotional intelligence.
If your students need a more concrete framework for understanding emotional intelligence, I would suggest this article. It focuses on Daniel Goleman's Mixed Model of EI, which I think is easier to understand for students who are still working on being able to use abstract concepts to understand the world.
I love using acting to help students put themselves in the shoes of someone else. Empathy is an important part of emotional intelligence. Acting can also safely put you in positions you haven't been in before to get to know yourself better, all while in a safe and supported environment. Not all students would be up for acting activities like this, but if you think your students would respond well then I would highly recommend this activity.
This short ebook provides a wide variety of activities and worksheets to help build emotional intelligence. I like this book because it provides a range of activities that would work well for different groups of students.
This video does an excellent job of outlining the four areas of emotional intelligence as outlined by the authors of the theory. This is an excellent video for older students who are more abstract thinkers, but can be difficult for those who need more concrete examples.