Our top tips to keep the Emotional Intelligence
scale in check
Emotional intelligence has become a term that many people value and look for when analysing someone’s ability to connect with others. It is an important element to getting things done and being productive in a team setting. Not only should it be practiced, but it should also be taught and encouraged to students and peers.
The idea is that a healthy classroom results in a productive classroom. And, when we’re speaking of health, we’re encompassing all of the elements – mentally and physically.
We have put together some tips to help keep your classroom balanced and in check:
Always have a safe space
Students deal with a lot of issues that can cause an emotional imbalance or interruption to their everyday positivity. Whether it be achievement based pressures, language and cultural barriers or peer group and/or personal social concerns, being a student can be an extremely challenging time. It isn’t the role of the teacher to be the councilor, however, if there are signs that a student is struggling it’s important there is someone available to provide those services and support. It’s about your students knowing there is a safe space, as well as yourself if needed.
Creating a dialogue – with boundaries
We all connect through our own stories and experiences. It can be hard to relate to young children in the classroom based on generational changes, however, we’ve all been through emotional difficulties and sometimes that can be the bridge for the relationship.
It is important that clear boundaries are set to assure that a professional relationship is still maintained, but allowing your students to know you also have dealt with a hard time or understand their struggles through your own allows them to feel less isolated in their worries.
Start the semester in an effective way
Set the standard from the get-go. Have frank and honest conversations with your students about what will and not be tolerated. Announce that public demeaning will not be practiced and each student will be dealt with privately for all matters related. Set the expectations and let them know that you’re looking out and paying attention to the way their behavior affects other students as well as yourself.
- These are just some of the recommendations for an emotionally balanced classroom. If you have any further input or suggestions we would love to hear your thoughts. You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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