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Emotional intelligence

Emotions have a privileged position in the brain. When we are upset the emotional centres can hijack the thinking centres, rendering us unable to think clearly, focus on the task at hand, perceive in an undistorted manner, and even make it harder to remember what’s relevant to what we’re doing (instead we remember easily anything about what’s upsetting us). So whether your are the teacher or the pupil in the classroom, managing your emotions is a prerequisite for effective teaching and learning to take place

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 Emotional Intelligence: An Essential Component of Education? According to Daniel Goleman, childhood is "a special window of opportunity for shaping children's emotional habits. As teachers we must help children recognize and understand their emotions and the emotions of others. If children learn to persevere and accept mistakes as a natural part of learning, they will be better able to control themselves and handle their frustrations in positive ways. When you have read this article, click on the link at the bottom of the page to access many more articles of interest to teachers.

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Emotional Intelligence: A Conversation with Daniel Goleman. Daniel Goleman has been enthusiastically spreading the word about EQ since his landmark book Emotional Intelligence was published in 1995. Schools have historically concentrated on boosting students' cognitive abilities. But developing students' emotional smarts, argues Daniel Goleman, is just as vital.

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EQ, the social equivalent of IQ, is complex, in no small part because it depends on some pretty slippery variables, including your innate compatibility, or lack of it, with the people who happen to be your colleagues at work. But if you want to get a rough idea of how your EQ stacks up, this quiz will help. Emotional Intelligence is also referrreed to as EI.

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But by far the most important variable is how you relate to the students in your class. The challenge is creating an emotionally safe environment without relinquishing your role as the teacher. To achieve this, you have to find the right balance of being emotionally open and authentic without sacrificing the boundaries and hierarchy that keep you and your students secure. Students need to know that you are in charge of the classroom and of their relationship with you. 

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Schools have been looking for ways to change school climate and deter bullying for years. Researchers have found that implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) programmes into everyday learning can go a long way in preventing bullying. Implementing SEL type programmes also has a dramatic impact on school climate and improve academic performance. Young people learn how to interact with one another in positive ways, deal with anger and solve problems.  
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Daniel Goleman's video interview was recorded on December 10, 2007, at an event in New York City that brought together seventy-five global leaders in education and related fields to raise awareness about social and emotional learning (SEL) and to introduce important scientific findings related to SEL. His interview is the 7th Big Thinker thumbnail down the page. Listen to what other Big Thinkers in Education have to say  after you have listened to Daniel.

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Dialogue circles are gatherings in which all participants sit in a circle facing each other to facilitate open, direct communication.They provide a safe,supportive space where all school community members can talk about sensitive topics,work through differences,and build consensus.At Glenview Primary School, circles are part of a programme called RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, which is aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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Can Emotional Intelligence be Taught? Here is an interesting article from the New York Times Magazine of September 2013.Once a small corner of education theory, SEL has gained prominence in recent years, driven in part by concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide. But while prevention programs tend to focus on a single problem, the goal of social-emotional learning (SEL) is grander: to instill a deep psychological intelligence that will help children regulate their emotions.



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