Teaching with Emotional Intelligence

This interactive session invites participants to become critically aware and, through group work and feedback, explore and understand their teaching roles within the context of Emotional Intelligence.  We will:

  • discover simple strategies to encourage and support emotional intelligence in our planning, teaching and learning; and, through being self-aware, find ways to improve exchanges with our students.
  • do this through developing and demonstrating empathy, whilst respecting and valuing both our own styles of communication, and those of our students.
  • increase the value of our subject expertise and teaching/learning methods, by using our emotional brains to connect with and engage our learners.
  • get the most out of planning our lectures/seminars by understanding the challenges and opportunities that exist for adult learners. Within this context, we will explore cross cultural communication, identifying our own preferences; and stretching those preferences so that we can relate to other styles more easily.

Teaching and Learning methods

All participants will receive a hand-out, which will give them some knowledge around the theory behind Emotional Intelligence, as the focus in the session itself will be on practice. There will be lots of time for individual reflection; and sharing of ideas and practical solutions in small and large groups.  There will be practical exercises where you will explore the concept of mindfulness (‘being present’); develop and demonstrate your use of empathy; and practice some active listening skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Have an increased self-awareness, which will include a greater understanding of the qualities you bring to your teaching role and how that can be utilised to greater effect.
  • Appreciate your own authentic style of communication; and know how to communicate your respect and value for other styles.
  • Encourage engagement and participation amongst your students, through sharing ideas on how to increase your subject expertise and incorporate new Learning and Teaching methods with your peers.
  • Develop and demonstrate empathy using active listening skills, both face to face and in email.
  • Communicate with students in way that encourages them to be self-directed in their learning; supported and challenged by you.
  • Handle difficult situations through the use of mindfulness-based-stress-reduction (being present) and confident, authentic and inclusive communication.
  • Be you, in your teaching; so that you are able to sustain the motivation and the energy that is required for this demanding role.

Feedback from past participants

Best bit – recognising EI in my teaching and how to introduce more.

Light bulb moments when I realised reasons for current practice and potential solutions.

What was most beneficial to me was the importance of giving myself space and silence in my teaching.

Everything was highly relevant.  A good mix between Theory and Practice.

It provided safe opportunities to think outside the box.

This course has made IMPACT!  I feel empowered to improve my teaching practice.

Good to learn fro+m others’ experiences.  It made me realise I’m better at my job than I thought!

Not teaching?  Try Emotional Intelligence.

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