Quarles, Peggy D; Cole, Helen

Teachers know from their studies on how children learn that there are different types of intelligence. One child may put together an intricate puzzle in a few minutes, while a child who is a math whiz would not know where to begin. In recent years, educators (especially Goleman, etc.) have begun to realize that there is yet another type of “intelligence” that teachers should understand: emotional intelligence (EI). Emotional Intelligence is the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. Teachers should be aware of the significance of EI in themselves, in their students, and in the dynamics of their classroom. The title, “Teacher, Know Thyself,” stresses that teachers should be aware of their own EI in order for them to help their students reach a high level of emotional growth.

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