Towards a new emotional intelligence in the classroom

Antonio Beltran Pueyo. Published on 24-10-16

Towards a new emotional intelligence in the classroom.

Since the day we were born we constantly needed to face different situations of change. One of the reasons is simply what we call ‘’evolution’’ which also implies the fact of living in a society. There are always new challenges to reach. However, growing in a society is also improving in learning.

Formal acquisition of skills, competencies and training has been highly emphasized recently with the aim of facilitating the acquisition of knowledge to face everyday reality. Nowadays, we encounter numerous situations that might end up being authentic conflicts regarding personal and social needs.

Life balance occurs when a person or a group experiences new skills that can be useful to confront new daily challenges in a different way than the one we are used to. Gaining in flexibility may suppose a great chance to learn how to face any aspect of our life from different perspectives. That is how innate abilities emerge in order to make good progress making use of your own learning.

Talking about emotional intelligence means to talk about human needs and about how we organize them in each aspect of our everyday life.

People often have to choose between satisfying certain basic needs or others. The fact that we do not have many resources available, knowledge or emotional skills, can create situations of discomfort within the learning processes.

But, how can we improve emotional intelligence in our classroom?

The learning process represents the incorporation of new tools and mechanisms that help us face our everyday reality. However, besides the acquisition of technical knowledge, it requires to get the members of any educational process involved.

In order to stimulate real learning states, we need to make a brief self-evaluation, evaluating our attitude as teachers or trainers too. In a natural way, our personal beliefs let us determine the way we have to judge and interpret things. Like it or not, learning to see things from different perspectives, makes us create an open, flexible and confident atmosphere for our learning process.

Which are the main keys to reach it? Let’s see it:

First principle. The past as a medium for social and individual integration.

Through life, we acquire communication principles adaptable to our environment. Firstly, it usually takes place within our families. Later on, it happens through our immersion in educational programs related to each of our life stages. Step by step, we acquire our habits and judgement skills that determine our way to think and act in life.

Learning from the past means that we should realize that we will never change what already happened once. However, the fact of accepting all those moments of our life and so the learning we experienced in each of them, let us open to new ways of understanding life and confront our immediate reality.

Second principle. Learning to live with the resources we have, accepting with flexibility and own judgement, our own feelings and thoughts.

Everyone has an innate protection mechanism that can be used to activate resources and skills to deal with our life’s tasks and objectives.

Leaving the present lets us understand that we can only be able to manage what is in our hands. When we learn to focus on the here and now, we live completely opened to present reality. We learn what we are and what we represent in society.

Third principle. Taking advantage of our dreams as a medium to motivation and positive reinforcement.

When fostering learning environments we can gain efficiency for our labour as educational trainers focusing on the authentic sources of motivation and eagerness of each person or learner.

Thinking about what is in us, lets us explore new resources and determine our own strengths as well as the mechanisms for self-improvement.

Learning to live in the present but looking to the future is the best perspective we can adopt to face any situation we can meet up. Therefore, educational labour becomes in a simple mechanism of feedback and constant improvement for each of the members of our work groups.

Towards a new educational universe.

Our contemporary society demands huge doses of talent to confront everyday challenges. Therefore, education can be a big source for learning and human evolution. We need to learn how to include formal learning within informal working contexts. That way, we will be able to facilitate open emotional states for constant learning while we are able to manage our feelings and beliefs.

We need people to learn to grow with both identity and freedom. Fostering group cohesion lead us understand that there is a different way to deal with human relations.

Human relationships are a huge source of comfort. However, facing the lack of resources and means, we all can get into conflicts of needs both personal and social.

Education is one of the basis for the discovery of need personal tools to work and grow. Teaching makes the social progress easier. It creates social environments in which respect and human values is what really matters.

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