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Teaching and Learning Excellence: Engaging Self and Others With Emotional Intelligence


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Most of us can name a teacher, instructor, or professor who had a profound positive impact on our learning and life. The authors of this book believe more teachers should have that kind of impact on their students. We also believe all students should develop the kinds of skills needed to teach themselves in ways that bring personal meaning, congruence, and positive outcomes for themselves and society. Intelligent self-direction is a key success skill for success in the 21st century and a focus of this book. Teaching and Learning Excellence uses a systematic process, the Emotional Learning System (ELS), to engage the cognitive-emotional brain centers to explore, identify, understand, learn, and then apply transformative emotional intelligence (EI) skills for achievement and success. The approach taught in this book was developed originally by psychologists Darwin Nelson and Gary Low in the 1970s, and it has been researched and refined by them and their good students ever since. With over 60 doctoral dissertations and many research articles, it continues to evolve even today!  To review a comprehensive listing of research and publications based on transformative emotional intelligence, please visit the Bibliography tab on this website. http://www.eilearningsys.com. 

Table of Contents

Foreword Excerpt

… as a former teacher and teacher educator of special needs students, I was always looking for an educational framework that works, is positive, and produces good results.  After reviewing this book it is evident that “Teaching and Learning Excellence” is applicable to all segments of today’s students, including those with challenges.  The Learned Ability Model described in Chapter 3 along with Chapter 5 on the EI-Centric Curricula hold exciting promise for transforming individuals of any age and ability.

… as students and adults grow and develop, their journey needs a road map by which to travel less they get lost or sadly yet-never arrive to their destination.  EI systems for teaching and learning can provide both positive, meaningful directions in addition to successful outcomes – a goal to which we all aspire.  American and International education today is focused on high educational attainment, rapid results, sustained accountability, and both short and long-term success, which is why this book is so timely.  “Teaching and Learning Excellence” and the approaches it describes provides an important guide or map we can use to help many students and adults stuck in the wilderness or underachieving into today’s schools and society.

I am of the belief that this is their best work yet.  Over the years I have been a participant in their research, attended several of their annual conferences, and even presented a paper at one of the conferences, so I have been very close to their professional services.  I also believe that the procedures and concepts involved in this current book holds enormous potential for improving lives and achieving success⎯ one individual at a time.

Freddie W. Litton, Dean
School of Education and Human Development
University of Houston-Victoria

Preface Excerpts

Human beings have two unique abilities or capacities that distinguish them from all other life forms: (a) the ability to think reflectively and (b) the awareness that we are imperfect.  Teaching and learning excellence involves developing and applying constructive thinking (emotional intelligence) skills and perfecting ourselves by achieving a meaningful personal goal each day.  The goal of teaching and learning excellence is to become your best self and to do your best (achieve excellence) in what you do and how you are in relationships with others. 

We offer this book as a a personal change process that involves your beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  Your brain and your behavior are complex, and positive change occurs one step at a time.  We all have the potential within us to develop excellence and well being.  Teaching and learning excellence is the process of changing and improving yourself in ways that are valuable and meaningful to you. 

Our hope is that you will experience this book as an engaging conversation that is helpful to you as a person and as a teacher.  We have made our best attempt to keep the conversation direct, brief and clear.  We accept responsibility for our beliefs, thoughts, emotions and behaviors and respect your right to differ.    We ask only that you experiment with the process of teaching and learning excellence, and determine its value and benefit for you as you work with others. 

Part I: Teaching Excellence And Person-Centered Learning

Chapter 1: Exploring Excellence in Teaching And Learning

Creating Healthy Learning Environments
Positive Contributions of Your Emotional Mind
Teaching Excellence Assessment

Chapter 2: Identifying The Characteristics And Skills of Teaching Excellence

Teaching And Learning Excellence With Transformative EI
EI Hallmarks of Teaching and Learning Excellence
Teaching Excellence ⎯ Emerging Research Indicators
Research and Teaching Effectiveness
A Continuum of Teaching Excellence
Transformative EI-Centric Teaching and Learning Models

Part II: Education And Learning Through The Lens of 
Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 3: The Learned Ability Model of Emotional Intelligence

Our EI Learning Model: A Focus On Positive Change
Transformative EI Theory and Education
Beliefs About Learners And Learning
Key Concepts and Unique Elements of Transformative EI
Emotional Learning System ⎯ ELS
Positive Personal Change
Applied Research to Improve Practice
Lifelong Learning Model
Key Learning Processes of Transformative EI
Learning Ideas to Integrate and Build Upon
Teaching and Learning Assumptions
Problematic Behaviors and Indicators to Identify and Correct
Learning Goals and Outcomes to Consider for Any Course
EI Teaching/Learning Methods, Strategies, Techniques
Why Emotional Intelligence is so Important
Accountability: A New Model Is Needed
Teaching and Learning Excellence: A Personal View
Person-centered and Relationship Focused Teaching

Chapter 4: Foundations And Cornerstones of Transformative
 Emotional Intelligence

Foundations ⎯ Learning Model of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence
Cornerstones of an Education⎯Learning Model of EI
Modeling Emotional Intelligence
Thinking Patterns of Emotionally Intelligent Teachers
Connecting Key Emotional Skills to Self Actualization
Teaching Hopeful Thinking
Teaching Optimistic Thinking
Teaching Successful Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence and Transformative Learning

Chapter 5: Transformative EI Curricula for the 21st Century

Building a Culture For Learner Success
Interpersonal Learning Dimension
Leadership Learning Dimension
Self Management Learning Dimension
Intrapersonal Learning Dimension
EI-Centric Curricula: The ESAP Learning System
Learning And Career Readiness
College Success, Adaptability Learning, Achievement, Retention
Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
Leadership and Self Development: Learning to Lead
Personal Responsibility and Character Development
The Personal Excellence Learning System
Leadership and Personal Development
Personal Development to Organizational Development
Personal and Organizational Excellence – Concluding Summary
Tenets of Transformative EI Leadership – Learning to Lead

Part III: Developing Emotionally Intelligent Teachers
 And Learners

Chapter 6: Learning And Developing Emotional Intelligence ⎯
The ESAP Model

Foundations For The ELS Learning Model
A Practical Example
A Framework for Learning Transformative Emotional Intelligence
13 EI Skills – Lessons – Discussions – Strategies – Key Behaviors
EI Skill Set 1 – Assertion
EI Skill Set 2 – Social Awareness and Comfort
EI Skill Set 3 – Empathy
EI Skill Set 4 – Constructive Decision Making
EI Skill Set 5 – Positive Influence and Personal Leadership
EI Skill Set 6 – Drive Strength and Achievement Drive
EI Skill Set 7 – Time Management
EI Skill Set 8 – Commitment Ethic and Personal Responsibility
EI Skill Set 9 – Self Esteem
EI Skill Set 10 – Stress Management
EI Skill Set 11 – Anger Control and Management
EI Skill Set 12 – Anxiety Management
EI Skill Set 13 – Positive Personal Change

Chapter 7: Developing Personal And Teaching Excellence With
 The PEM Learning System

A Framework for Learning and Developing Personal Excellence
Personal Excellence – Systems, Principles, Skills
PEM Learning Module 1: Belief System and Principle of Purpose
PEM Learning Module 2: Guidance System and Principle of Vision
PEM Learning Module 3: Power System and Principle of Commitment
PEM Learning Module 4: Support System and Principle of Relationships
PEM Learning Module 5: Balance System and Principle of Change
A Quick Summary of Learning Personal Excellence

Chapter 8: Developing Healthy, Constructive Relationships With 
Self And Others

Communication Climate
Intrapersonal Communication
Intrapersonal Communication Model: The EI Challenged Perspective
Scenario 1: Negativity to Negativity, Destruction to Destruction
Intrapersonal Communication Model: The EI-Centered Perspective
Scenario 2: Negativity to Positivity, Destruction to Construction

Part IV: Applying and Modeling Transformative 
Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 9: Goal Achievement, Resiliency, Renewal⎯

The AWAKE Process

The AWAKE Method – Goal Achievement Daily Process
AWAKE – Process, Structure, Guiding Questions, Key Points
AWAKE EI Daily Morning Guide – The Process
AWAKE Morning Guide Exercise – Darwin Nelson’s Personal Example
AWAKE EI Daily Night Guide – The Process
AWAKE EI Daily Night Guide – Darwin Nelson’s Personal Example
AWAKE EI Journal – Log of Daily Goal Achievement

Chapter 10: Achieving Teaching And Learning Excellence

Pathways to Teaching and Learning Excellence
Transformative EI as a Path to Personal Excellence
Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute (EITRI)
India Forum for EI Learning
A Concluding Note


Appendix A: Teaching Excellence Assessment


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