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Tag Archives: emotional intelligence

July 2013

Emotional intelligence: Independence and the primary school curriculum-Part 2

Emotional intelligence: Independence and the primary school curriculum-Part 24 I went through the definition of independence according to the Reuven Bar-on definition. It was “The ability to be self-directed and self-controlled in your thinking and to be free of emotional dependency.” Being self directed and self controlled all connect with self actualisation and achieving goals no matter how small or big. The most interesting part, for me though, is the ability to be free from emotional dependency. How many times have you been Read More...

June 2013

Emotional Intelligence:Self regard and the primary school curriculum Part 3

We have spoken about the SPHE curriculum and how it links well with the self regard skill in my last two blog posts. I’m going to give you some examples of ways or activities that you can use in your classroom to enhance your student’s self-esteem. The most important one you need to work on is your own self regard. Children learn from the adults they are with and you need to be confident that you understand what it means Read More...

Emotional Intelligence:Self regard and the primary school curriculum Part 2

Emotional Intelligence:Self regard and the primary school curriculum Part 2 Last week, we looked at the self-regard competency. A competency we all can improve on. This is the great thing about EI. WE can work on personal improvement with ourselves and others forever! Self regard is the ability to like yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses and to be aware of the limitations that you have. It is about being realistic and being self-aware. Couple this with the skill of self actualisation Read More...

Emotional Intelligence:Assertiveness and the primary school curriculum Part 3

Emotional Intelligence:Assertiveness and the primary school curriculum Part 3 We saw that assertiveness as a skill needs a bit more thought and work in my last post. The SPHE curriculum has some connections with assertiveness and it would be easier for me to make those connections but the SPHE curriculum should encompass all of the EI skills to be a truly EI curriculum. It loses some points for this though makes up for it in 5th and 6th Class. In Read More...

May 2013

Emotional Intelligence:Assertiveness and the primary school curriculum Part 2

Emotional Intelligence:Assertiveness and the primary school curriculum Part 2 Last week, I spoke about assertiveness and what it really meant. People have misconceptions about what it is so I hope we have cleared that up! Assertiveness is a must if you are a classroom teacher, think about the way you interact all day with parents, children and staff. Being assertive is a must for you and also for your children as life skill. I have found the SPHE curriculum, so far to be Read More...

Emotional Self-awareness and the primary school curriculum Part 3

Emotional Self-awareness and the primary school curriculum Part 3 You may have glanced at the diagram accompanying these sets of articles on emotional self awareness. Take a good look now at the diagram that opens these articles, it has been referred to as the Wheel of Emotions or Plutchik’s Flower and it was developed by Robert Plutchik, his psycho evolutionary theory of emotion is one of the most influential classification approaches for general emotional responses. He considered there to be eight primary emotions Read More...

April 2013

Emotional Intelligence:The Self actualising classroom part 3

Self actualisation, the SPHE curriculum and learning I have defined what emotional intelligence is and why it is so important for us. I have focused in on the first competency of the EI framework, self-actualisation. We have noted Maslow’s theory of motivation and self actualisation. We have discussed things a teacher needs to be aware of and finally, we have briefly looked into the SPHE curriculum and established if it covers elements of self-actualisation. We found it did, especially so at the senior Read More...

March 2012

How is school leadership connected with Emotional Intelligence? Part 2

In part 1, I gave a brief summary of what emotional intelligence and how it has developed along the way. I’d like to look at the link between school leadership and emotional intelligence. I was forwarded on an article on this very subject a while back. It makes for interesting reading, here’s the main points. A group of principals and vice-principals were assessed on  their EQ level in Ontario in 2005. They were also asked to self score themselves in the Read More...

February 2011

Managing stress workshop

I had the opportunity at the recent IPPN conference to attend 2 workshops, I immediately chose the Karen Belshaw Stress management as I have heard amzing things about her and it would be really expensive if I were to fork out for this! Principals have a really stressful job and what makes it worse is that we don’t even realise when we are stressed. This all links in nicely with emotional intelligence and being self aware of your feelings. But, Read More...

Positivity, SPHE and Bar-On in Irish primary schools

Happiness sells When I attended the BETT educational conference in London recently, I had a few minutes to browse the management/psychology book section in WH Smith. There seems to be an influx of happiness or positivity books out at the minute, the publishing companies seeing their opportunity in the current depressing climate of recession talk. Positive psychology and Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence has huge links with positive psychology or the idea of being happy, positive or optimistic. Bar-On’s model of Read More...

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