A school is a place where teachers impart knowledge and culture to the students and also create a road map for their future. Before going to the topic, What is Emotional Intelligence? Salavoy and John Mayer in their article “Emotional Intelligence” in the journal Imagination, Cognition, and Personality in 1990 defined it as the ability to monitor on one’s own and more importantly influence others’ feelings and emotions.
Now the question is how Emotional Intelligence plays crucial role to shape students. Undoubtedly the students are the future captains of the industry in the nation. In the teachers training program, the EI is one of the most important cognitive disciplines which is included in the curriculum. The teacher plays a major role in shaping the students, as an administrator, facilitator, pupil supporter, and welfare along with teaching and learning support mechanism in the classroom.
To achieve the above emotional states, relationships between teachers and students are important in the teaching and learning process. The EI not only increases self-awareness among the teachers but also classifies and adapts their emotions with others. It identifies their strengths and weakness. Also, it increases their self-confidence and the effective teacher-student relationship.
The major advantage of EI for teachers includes:-
#1. The ability to set the teaching-learning mood in the classroom, in addition to that to produce better results for the students and enhance the overall performance of the school.
#2. Adjusting their emotions according to the environments would lead to achieving the Institution’s goals. These individuals have the ability to manage their emotions and use them for their gain.
To conclude, managing one’s emotions is a game of life. It should be started at a very early age and should continue throughout life. Generally, students are a combination of IQ and EQ. Both are equally important in developing a strong and mentally healthy individual. As teachers, it is our responsibility to train and develop the whole child.
EI is one of the skills to succeed in the 21st century in the teaching profession. Teachers have to be emotionally intelligent if they want to survive in the teaching profession and to be useful to society as catalysts for positive change.
Dr. Raghu Raman is currently a growth facilitator and an academician who leads international training programs on topics ranging from leadership, stress management, and emotional intelligence. He has served as a senior faculty member in ICT- Oman for a decade. With 35 + years of experience across industry and academics, he has a strong passion towards grooming corporates and mentoring students.
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