Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher

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Overview

What kind of teacher are YOU?

Teacher behaviors and personalities can have an effect on student achievement. 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 exercises 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

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Editorial Reviews

Brinton W. Woodward
"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 focusfor a faculty on professional development days. "
Vincent L. Ferrandino
"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. "
Judith Fabian
"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. "
Daphne Pappas Hobson
"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. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412979740
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Arthur L. Costa Robert J. Garmston vii

Preface: How to Use This Book xi

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Authors xv

List of Figures xvii

Introduction 1

1 Emotional Intelligence: What It Is and Why It Is So Important in the Classroom 9

2 The Inner Journey: Knowing Ourselves as Teachers 19

3 Continuing the Journey into Self: Perceptions, Expectations, and Attributions 47

4 Taming the Beast: Teacher Self-Management 73

5 What Makes Us Tick: Teacher Motivation 99

6 Peripheral Vision: Teacher Social Awareness 117

7 Orchestrating Our Relationships: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment 139

8 Bringing It All Together: Teachers as Emotion Coaches 163

References 177

Index 185

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