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Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher

By: William Powell, Ochan Kusuma-Powell

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa and Robert J. Garmston

Based on Daniel Goleman’s five components of emotional intelligence, this self-therapy guide helps teachers enhance their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to increase their teaching effectiveness.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412979740
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: November 29, 2012

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"I found myself saying 'Amen!' continuously as point after point was right on target with my experience and perspective. The authors present and thoroughly discuss such vital teacher attributes as empathy, humor, relationships, reflection, self-discovery, self-awareness, and motivation. This book would be an excellent focus for a faculty on professional development days."
—Brinton W. Woodward, Jr., Director
Commission on American and International Schools Abroad

What kind of teacher are YOU?

Are you an emotionally intelligent teacher who engages your students in learning? Because teaching behaviors and personalities can affect student achievement, teachers who develop their emotional awareness and interpersonal skills are better able to manage their classrooms and promote student success.

Based on Daniel Goleman's five components of emotional intelligence, this guide shows how self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social awareness, and relationship management can help teachers increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The authors provide research, case studies, and essential tools that help teachers:

  • Understand how their conscious and unconscious behaviors affect the learning environment
  • Refine their verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Manage their feelings and frustrations
  • Interpret student behaviors, developing insight into how students perceive teachers
  • Hone their presentation skills

Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher includes practical activities and exercises that are perfect for enhancing your emotional intelligence independently or as part of a professional development opportunity.

Key features

  • Focuses on teaching as an interpretive activity and demonstrates how the most effective teachers are those who can swiftly and accurately interpret student emotions
  • Illustrates how conscious and unconscious teacher behavior, including verbal and non-verbal behaviors, and displays of emotion, dispositions and moods, has an impact on the affective climate in the classroom and on student success
  • Includes a series of practical activities and exercises in each chapter that help teachers and staff developers facilitate professional development in the area of emotional intelligence
  • Provides coverage of the heightened importance of teacher emotional intelligence for differentiating instruction and working with culturally diverse student populations


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William Powell

William Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the chief executive officer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and from 2000 to 2006, he served as headmaster of the International School of Kuala Lumpur. He is the coauthor, with his wife Ochan, of Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000) and Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2007), Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010) and How to teach now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2011). Bill's most recent book is entitled The OIQ Factor: How teachers can raise the Organizational Intelligence of Schools (2013). Bill and Ochan are currently working on a project, The Next Frontier: Inclusion to support the inclusion of special needs children in international schools. They are focusing their attention on teacher professional development, school leadership and governance training and serve as consultants for Education Across Frontiers. When he is not facilitating teacher workshops or speaking at conferences, Bill can be found in the French Pyrenees where he fights (together with a handful of sheep) an annual battle with the European bramble.
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Ochan Kusuma-Powell

Ochan Kusuma-Powell is cofounder and director of Education Across Frontiers, an organization that promotes teacher education toward the development of professional learning communities. A graduate of Columbia University with a doctorate in international education development, she has more than 30 years experience in international education. Kusuma-Powell has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the United States, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Tanzania. She has been an outspoken advocate for children with special needs globally. Together with her husband Bill, she coauthored an OSAC publication entitled Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools and Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools. Kusuma-Powell is also the author of Parent Advocacy in International School. She is a trainer for the Teachers Training Center and an adjunct faculty member at Lehigh University and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors



1. What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why Is It Important in the Classroom?

2. The Inner Journey: Knowing Ourselves as Teachers

3. Continuing the Journey: Perceptions, Expectations and Attributions

4. Taming the Beast – Teacher Self-Regulation

5. What Makes Us Tick – Teacher Motivation

6. Peripheral Visions: Teacher Social Awareness

7. Orchestrating Our Relationships: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

8. Bringing It All Together: Teachers as Emotion Coaches





Price: $41.95
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