Developing Emotional Intelligence
Erasmus+ course summary
Being a teacher has never been only about lecturing facts to a group of students. Because of the time spent with them you have a unique position for a direct impact on their lives, which is especially relevant when they don’t have a good role model. To achieve this, the course focuses on the competencies for building emotional capacity of the students and the tools for working with their psychological needs. We do this trough activities that are ready to use in the classroom. Because the program of the course is a mix of theoretical knowledge supported by practical activities it enables the participants to deepen their understanding through their own experience.
"Education is not just about putting information in. We have forgotten that it, in fact, begins in the child’s heart." – Vince Gowmon
Monika Špital, Jerneja Šibilja, Petra Lepoša, Andrej Juričko, dr. Blanka Tacer
Address students' psychological needs.
Emotional intelligence refers to the psychological side of teaching by building your own and students' emotional capacity.
Training usually takes place between 9:00 am and 14:00 pm, followed by after-class activities, that are optional.
Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course We start off with an introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements and presentation of the participants and timetable. The participants are encouraged to express their expectations, needs and wishes regarding the content of the programme and learning methods. *
We then continue with the introduction to the subject of emotional intelligence as a personality trait, followed by the five pillars of EQ by Goleman: self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy and social skills. What are the emotions, what function they have and how they can benefit us.
Self-awareness: "check-in with your own emotional world" exercise. Group role-playing activity with which we recognise the connection between thoughts, behaviours and emotions and preparation of each own's activity for the classroom.
We talk about managing our own emotions and how we can influence them trough thoughts and behaviour. We experience techniques of relaxation and mindfulness meditation.
Techniques and activities that promote empathy, testing each own's EQ and recognising facial signs of emotions by Paul Ekman.
Social skills: role playing techniques of effective communication, giving feedback with I messages and self-assessment conflict management questionnaire – the typology of Thomas Kilman.
The analysis of gained knowledge and skills and key learning points are discussed as well as planning the follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Evaluation and farewell.
Documentation and certificates of attendance.
* Some changes in the programme are possible - the content of the course is always adapted to the participants previous knowledge, expectations and requirements.
The participants receive the Informational Booklet a few weeks prior to the start of the course.