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Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa and Robert J. Garmston



February 2010 | 216 pages | Corwin

"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.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
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
 
References
 
Index

"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

"Bill and Ochan Powell start from the double premise that teachers with strong emotional intelligence are able to help students learn in a more effective and efficient manner, and, perhaps more important, that emotional intelligence is not simply something that one is born with, but rather something that can be developed. The Powells take us on a wonderful journey that combines the theory of emotional intelligence with illustrations and vignettes that make the theory readily understandable in the context of the school and the classroom. This is all tied together with practical activities and exercises that teachers and professional development specialists can use to enhance the emotional intelligence of teachers."

Vincent L. Ferrandino, Former Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

"Bill and Ochan Powell’s book goes some considerable way to explaining the 'you’ve either got it or you haven’t’ part of teaching, and will help teachers and school leaders identify why some teachers struggle to be effective in the classroom and, most important, how they can help themselves and be helped. It explains how and why relationships are at the core of what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a teacher, and how all teachers can develop stronger, more positive relationships that will result in better learning for students."

Judith Fabian, Chief Academic Officer
International Baccalaureate Organisation

"The authors bring together the importance and impact of the teacher’s emotional intelligence upon the learner. This book provides clarity to the complex connectivity between emotions and cognition. With great care and sensitivity, Powell and Kusuma-Powell describe and outline the coordinated effort needed by school personnel to provide a series of activities and exercises for teachers in the area of emotional intelligences. A must-read for school administrators and teachers."

Daphne Pappas Hobson, Director of International Programs
Lehigh University
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa and Robert J. Garmston

Introduction

Preface


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