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Magazine Issue 82: emotional Intelligence
April 2017

This month: Thoughts about Emotional Intelligence

Article: Emotional Intelligence
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This Month's Article:

Wasting Valuable Learning Time

Wasting Valuable Learning Time A short Article about emotional intelligence.

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Categories: Article, Meta Cognition, Professional Development, All Ages

Tags: Emotional Intelligence Relationships Esteem Conflict
Good Morning, How Are You?

Once, when I was still a class teacher, I had this idea to greet each member of my class before they entered the classroom. All 35 of them lined up in the corridor and one by one I shook their hands and had a quick 'Good Morning how are you?' before they sat down and set to work. I'd just read 'Emotional Intelligence' by Daniel Goleman and this seemed like an authentic way to put his ideas into practice.

My aim was to acknowledge and value every child but also to take the emotional temperature of the group. Well before 9 o'clock I'd know who'd had a rough night, whose birthday it was and who was likely to kick off. I'd deal with it there and then.

I made a few changes here and there such as asking the children to revise their spellings while they waited in line and speeding up the greeting if we had a busier day. All in all the children settled faster and I got to know them quicker than previous classes. A win.

You are wasting valuable learning time

The story so far is not the point I'm making about emotional intelligence. The next part of the story is: My room was opposite the Head and Deputy's office and one day, just after I'd greeted the last child, I was told to stop the morning greet because it was 'Wasting valuable learning time'. Out of the blue; no discussion or questioning. Just an instruction. I did have a less than perfect working relationship with my leaders at that time. We had different priorities. But I didn't fight it, I didn't believe it was on the table for negotiation or professional discussion.

Recognise, Name, Express, Move On

The point I want to make about emotional intelligence is that, nearly 20 years later, the emotion of that event is still there. And it's there because although I understood how to enact one aspect of emotional intelligence for my children, I did not live it out for myself. At the time I did not fully recognise the emotion or name it. I did not express it appropriately and because of that I did not move on.

OK, so the memory of it does not blight my every waking moment, but it did surface very quickly when I sat down to write this short piece.

EI in School

Schools are emotional places. Spending over 6 hours a day with people you haven't chosen to be with, often doing tasks in which you had little say is bound to have an emotional impact.

Emotional Intelligence is the oil that keeps the gears turning smoothly against each other. By smoothly I don't mean that everything is happy and jolly all the time. What I mean is that children and adults do their best to be aware of what they are feeling, they learn to express their feelings at the right time, to the right people and at the right intensity, and they are able to move on and not let unexpressed emotions hijack their day.

Writing your story is a very effective way to do this - if you've left things a little late...

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1 2 3 4 Thinking

1 2 3 4 Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for creating new learning from opposing opinions.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Conflict Opinion Questioning
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1 2 3 4 Thinking PowerPoint

1 2 3 4 Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint for 1 2 3 4 Thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Conflict Opinion Questioning
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Emotions Think Sheet

Emotions Think Sheet A Think Sheet for thinking creatively about emotion.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, PSHE, Junior

Tags: Emotional Intelligence
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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence An Article summarising Emotional Intelligence and reasons for developing it in the classroom.

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. 
Mark Twain

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. 
Robert Frost

Emotion: what is emotional intelligence and how can it impact on learning standards? 

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Categories: Article, Leadership, Other Subject, PSHE, All Ages, Educators

Tags: Emotional Intelligence

Viewpoint Thinking

Viewpoint Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool created in response to June 2016's UK referendum on EU membership.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, PSHE, Secondary

Tags: Opinion Debate Analysis
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Relationships Think Sheet

Relationships Think Sheet A Think Sheet for developing the basic skills of finding our how things relate to each other.

Categories: Think Sheet, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Geography, Secondary

Tags: Connections Relationships
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Emotion: A Very Short Introduction
by Dylan Evans

Emotion: A Very Short Introduction<br>by Dylan Evans An Amazon bestselling introduction to emotions and how to feel/understand them.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Psychology

Tags: Emotional Intelligence

Next month we think about... Service to others