Most people have heard of IQ. What is EQ?

At Hunter Community Languages all of our training is grounded in building emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing.

IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient - a measure of one's intellectual capacity; have you heard of the IQ test?

EQ stands for Emotional Quotient - a measure of one's emotional intelligence (aka EI).

EQ is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Emotional intelligence contributes to mental health as it helps you to connect with your feelings, to build and maintain stronger relationships, and to achieve your goals.

Emotional intelligence is commonly defined by four attributes:

1. Self-awareness – You recognize your own emotions and how they affect your thoughts and behavior.

2. Self-management – You’re able to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, manage your emotions in healthy ways, and adapt to changing circumstances.

3. Empathy – You can understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of other people, pick up on emotional cues and feel comfortable socially.

4. Social skills – You know how to develop and maintain good relationships, communicate clearly, inspire and influence others, work well in a team, and respond to conflict. **

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has identified student/child mental health as one of their four priority areas for effective professional learning for teachers. With many years of training and experieince in teaching self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, our Education Officer, Kara is well placed to create and offer teacher training that develops skills in these areas. Our course CREATE AND IMPLEMENT A GROUP AGREEMENT FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT is an example of how an important classroom management process - rule development - can be an opportunity to develop EQ.