The importance of emotional intelligence in the classroom

Have you ever heard about Emotional intelligence? Can it be applied in the classroom?

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others, in other terms, being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (either positively or negatively), and learning how to manage those emotions especially when we are under pressure.

One of the most powerful ways to put emotional intelligence into practice is to learn the difference between thoughts, feelings, and actions, and how they are connected and affect us. They’re all important, but they are different at the same time.

Thoughts are the words that run through our minds. They are the things you tell yourself about what is going on around you. So you can have many different thoughts about a one situation.

Feelings come and go as things happen to you. You might feel happy, angry and sad in one day. Some feelings are uncomfortable but they are not bad, and you need to take into account that everybody always has these feelings from time to time.

Actions are the things you do or the way how you behave. Thoughts and feelings have a big impact on how we act. If we are happy, we are likely to do nice things, but if we feel angry, we might want to act miserly.

By understanding the right relationship between our feelings, thoughts, and actions we give ourselves the opportunity to choose how we want to behave. We can work to capture our feelings and break them down… we can understand them. We can become intentional about how we think and how we see what we find around us. We can make a conscious decision to act in accordance with what is most important to us, etc.

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So, in this sense, teachers can really influence students so much so that they can benefit if their teachers change for the better. As teachers, it is also very important to help students develop their emotional intelligence since there is a strong correlation between students’ emotional intelligence and their classroom behavior. Students with lower emotional intelligence tend to struggle to communicate their feelings with their classmates, and this can result in struggling to form friendships with them or even relationships with adults.  Therefore, emotional intelligence is very important for teachers.

If this subject is of your interest and  you want to know more about it, we invite you to participate in the training course offered by iDevelop, entitled “Emotional Ecology”.

For more information, contact us: info@idevelopcourses.com

15 April, 2019

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