About Anna Schmitz

Anna is a copywriter at The Conover Company. She graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys researching and writing about soft skills and has seen first-hand the difference that soft skills make in students' lives. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and four children.

4 Reasons Why Students Need SEL

In the past, education has focused mainly on cognitive skills such as reading, writing, math, and science. But today, social emotional learning (SEL) is gaining more attention as educators recognize the importance of teaching students how to navigate their emotions in order to become successful in life. Let's take [...]

By |2022-12-09T12:30:28-06:00December 9th, 2022|Education, Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on 4 Reasons Why Students Need SEL

How Students with Special Needs Can Benefit from Applied Math Skills Training

Many students with special needs struggle with math. By receiving specialized instruction and training in applied math skills, however, special education students can make significant strides in their mathematical abilities. Here's a look at how applied math skills training can benefit special education students: Applied Math Skills Training Teaches [...]

By |2022-12-02T22:15:45-06:00November 28th, 2022|Education, SPED|Comments Off on How Students with Special Needs Can Benefit from Applied Math Skills Training

5 Workplace Readiness Skills Every Young Adult Needs

You’ve probably heard the term “workplace readiness skills” before, but what does it really mean? Put simply, workplace readiness skills are the skills and traits that employers value most in their employees. They’re often soft skills, like communication and teamwork, that are important in any work environment.  Whether you’re [...]

By |2022-11-08T12:07:21-06:00November 8th, 2022|Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills, Workplace Readiness|Comments Off on 5 Workplace Readiness Skills Every Young Adult Needs

National Stress Awareness Day

It's no secret that stress affects our physical and mental health. From affecting our sleep patterns to increasing our risk for heart disease, stress can have serious consequences if left unchecked. That's why it's so important to take time to address our stress levels and learn to manage stress [...]

By |2022-11-11T14:04:53-06:00November 2nd, 2022|Anxiety Management, Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on National Stress Awareness Day

National Depression and Education Month

October is National Depression Month. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, depression is a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that can affect how you feel, think, and handle day-to-day activities. These symptoms include persistent sadness or empty mood, loss of interest or pleasure [...]

By |2022-10-25T09:11:08-05:00October 17th, 2022|Anxiety Management, Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, Soft Skills|Comments Off on National Depression and Education Month

Bullying Prevention Starts with Meeting Emotional Needs

Since 2006, October has been recognized in the United States as National Bullying Prevention Month to acknowledge the devastating effects that bullying can have on children and their families. Bullying is a serious problem that can have long-lasting effects on a child's emotional and physical well-being. Fortunately, there are [...]

By |2022-10-10T12:07:19-05:00October 10th, 2022|Bullying Prevention, Emotional Intelligence|Comments Off on Bullying Prevention Starts with Meeting Emotional Needs

Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, Congress officially established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in order to acknowledge the importance of mental health. While mental illness can be an incredibly sensitive topic, it's one that needs to be talked about more. There are many misconceptions about mental illness, [...]

By |2022-10-03T13:10:21-05:00October 3rd, 2022|Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Social Skills: Responding To Conflict

Conflict is a normal part of everyday life and this includes the workplace. No one can choose their coworkers or customers. Some people get along great with coworkers or customers, while others have difficulty with one another. Even people that typically get along can sometimes find themselves disagreeing with [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:53:29-05:00August 26th, 2019|Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills, Workplace Readiness|Comments Off on Social Skills: Responding To Conflict

Social Skills: Interpersonal Communication Skills

Social skills are the methods people use to communicate with others. The process of using social skills is called socialization. Social skills are also known as interpersonal communication skills. In the workplace people communicate with each other everyday. Strong interpersonal communication skills enable them to talk with all types [...]

By |2021-04-20T10:44:12-05:00July 29th, 2019|Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills, Workplace Readiness|Comments Off on Social Skills: Interpersonal Communication Skills

Teaching Stress Management: How to Conquer Stress

Now that you've learned to find and think through stressors in your school, work, and personal life, it’s time to learn about the tools to conquer and harness stress. Because unwanted stress reactions affect both our minds and our bodies, a good way to defeat stress must also use both [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:07:25-05:00July 8th, 2019|Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Teaching Stress Management: How to Conquer Stress

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