Emotional Quotient (EQ)
Why it can matter more than IQ
Research has shown improving emotional skills can help improve children’s achievement scores and school performance.
As what Daniel Coleman (Author of Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IO) says: “it is not IQ that determines how well we succeed in life but EQ or emotional intelligence. EQ can be termed as “the emotional way of being smart” and it involves self-awareness, management of feelings; motivation, impulse control; delayed gratification; being able to resist negative influences and understanding what behaviour is acceptable in a situation.
Being high in IQ (smart) does not guarantee success. If a smart student does not believe that he has both the will and the way to accomplish his goals (poor motivation); not able to “control” himself from watching TV (poor impulse control and resistance to negative influence); not Abel to “postpone fun-time” and study hard during examinations period (poor ability to dealy gratification)- these and others are some indications of low EQ – will result in poorer school performance than another student who has higher EQ but may not have comparable IQ.
EQ and Study Skills can be taught and learn!
Research has shown that direct instruction in study skills and attitudinal skills (improving EQ) can be taught to all students at all levels.
What our PAWER PROGRAMME does:
In PAWER SKILLS, our programme adopts the FUN approach – Learning is fun. Through educational drama and motivational stories, lessons convey important messages about EQ and other PAWER Learning concepts – goal-setting, time-management, self-control, positive thinking, revision skills and many more. Besides building the strong rapport with students, the fun-approach facilitates the energy process; encouraging group interaction, thereby learning other important skills such as concentration, problem-solving and improving their self-regulatory skills that enhance self-esteem and develop the desire, habits, confidence including self-understanding, goal-setting skills etc.
A simplified model of our learning programme:
1) EQ (WORKING ON THE AFFECTIVE DOMAIN) – Cognitive approach
Incorporating into the teaching programme and as an ongoing mentoring help given to students in our programme, students learn “the emotional way of being smart” and it involves self-awareness, management of feelings; motivation, impulse control; delayed gratification; being able to resist negative influences and understanding what behaviour is acceptable in a situation.
2) Delivery mechanism
The fun approach (LEARNING IS FUN) and the delivery mechanisms (interesting contents and game-like lessons), together with good incentives enticements (awarding of stars and presents for good work done) are some tools we use to get children excited.
3) study skills
Important study skills are then taught – comprehension and grammar skills, mathematical concepts etc
EQ + Study Skills = Results