Emotional Intelligence of Teachers and Effective Class Room Management

14 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2010

Date Written: August 26, 2010


Emotional intelligence: EI is the ability to understand your own emotions and those of people around you. The concept of emotional intelligence means you must have a self-awareness that enables you to recognize feelings and manage your emotions. It has become popular after the immense success of Daniel Goleman's book in 1995, Emotional Intelligence, 'Why It Can Matter More Than IQ'.

Emotions: Emotion refers to a feeling state or felt-tendency. It is similar to waves of the sea, no stop it may come again as like wave one after another, totally unpredictable of its power and strength, some time it may take you along. That come to you with rush, you wipe your tear that threatening to fall on to your cheeks in a little while. Negative emotions would affect our normal life and emotional decisions would lack fairness of judgment and affect others.

Judging our own (teachers) state of Emotional Intelligence: Let us examine the following statements: Is it a sign of weakness to show emotions? Emotional health is related to physical health. The most important relationship in life is the relationship with your life partner. When you are sad, some times you feel like a child, it means you are emotionally immature, the world does not tolerate a weakling. Since you cant change the past, it is a waste to go back to childhood events and examine childhood experience. People with high self-esteem focus on their positive qualities and do not see their negative attribute. It is best to reject illogical and unpleasant feelings.

Emotional Intelligence (Emotional Health) of Teachers: It is useful to look at Goleman's five major factors of emotional intelligence. He summarizes emotional intelligence into the following components: Emotional self-awareness, managing one's own emotions, using emotions to maximize intellectual processing and decision-making, including self-motivation and developing empathy (the art of social relationships and managing emotions in others).

Why EI (Emotional Health) is important for teachers? It influences what we do: A sad designer can’t design beautiful portrait. It affects who we meet: An angry nurse can’t show his/ her empathy to ailing patient. It determines how we look: Unpleasing facial gesture of teacher demotivates students. It express how we feel: Just seeing our face students can understand how we feel. It decides our course of life: Happiness is voyage (road) it is not destiny, job satisfaction of teachers depends on their attitude. It helps to express emotions appropriately instead ignore them. Escape from one problem is not solution for that problem, instead react naturally and try to find the root cause of that problem. A person start using drugs just to hide his disappointment, this would add more pain to his life, better he has to get conviction to overcome it.

The Four Branch Model of Emotional Intelligence: The four branch model of emotional intelligence describes four areas of capacities or skills that collectively describe many of areas of emotional intelligence (Mayer & Salovey, 1997).

Emotional Intelligence and Quality Assurance in Higher Education Quality is the catchy word today. Is quality is important for customer or client satisfaction: Is educational services different from other services? Emotional health of staff working in educational institution is key for its quality delivery. Positive Emotions of teacher would leave positive impact on students.

What Islam says about Emotions/ Anger Management? It is a handy work of shaithan to make the human being a loser. It eats your good deeds of faithful. Sabaar (patience) and salath (prayer) will be rewarded abundantly. Person who shows his muscle power is not stronger, rather one who control his anger. It is against sunnah (tradition) of prophet (pbuh), who always restraint from anger. Smiling at others face is considered as sadakha (charity), husband smiling at his wife is considered as ibadhah (prayers). Before take any crucial decision pray two rakaths of salath’e isthi-hara, it helps a person to take decisions with peace instead of acting emotionally.

How to measure EI: A look at what the "E.Q.-I" measures contributes to an understanding of the components of emotional intelligence. Empirical Data from Action Research conducted among students and teachers: A detailed version is given in the paper.

Keywords: emotional intelligence, effective class room management, higher education

Suggested Citation

Madhar, Mohamed Abdul, Emotional Intelligence of Teachers and Effective Class Room Management (August 26, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1666122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1666122

Mohamed Abdul Madhar (Contact Author)

College of Applied Sciences ( email )

Nizwa, Dhakliya Region 611

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