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You cannot acquire emotional intelligence (EI) by staying on your own. EI is not just a set of terms and strict rules. It is a school of living with others. Relations are a key to EI skills. School is a space of pupils, teachers and parents being and acting together. Research by John Hattie clearly demonstrates that the teacher’s personality, attitude to pupils and relations with pupils are crucial to educational success. This success would be incomplete without parents’ involvement. It is prerequisite that parents also become changemakers.
“Successful job hunting depends on specialised skills and knowledge (70%) and on social skills (30%). Losing one’s job is in 70% of cases an effect of the lack of people skills, and in 30% - of inadequate qualifications.” These data, well known to HR experts, confirm our conviction that building personality traits, including emotional intelligence and soft skills, is one of the key tasks of school education. They should be developed at every single lesson, not just the form period. We should demonstrate to pupils that we enjoy spending time with them, notice them individually and look forward to working with them. The brief welcome at the start is as important for work with a school group, says Joachim Bauer, as the first two seconds of two people’s meeting. All the signals sent by the teacher should be consciously employed to build the right atmosphere in the classroom. Teachers should focus on a kind attitude to every pupil, not on the dominant position the school gives them.