This paper purports to demonstrate that teaching is an art form that not only relies on knowledge of theory and practice, but, even more importantly, also depends on a sensitivity to the needs of the individual student and the needs of the group. It is important for us, as teachers, to understand that in order to teach our students we need to reach them on an emotional level by implementing emotionally intelligent judgments throughout our interactions with them. It is not sufficient to be totally versed in the subject we are teaching, we must be continually aware of the emotional state of our students by assessing myriad clues simultaneously. These clues are received accurately by an emotionally intelligent teacher, affording students the opportunity to actualize their potential. The Nebulous Bull’s-Eye and Proprioception of the Mind are graphic representations of two key concepts; understanding how a student progresses through emotional stages and circumstances yielding the optimal conditions to actualize their learning potential, and how a masterful awareness of students’ cognitive and emotional bearings guide a teacher towards effective instruction.
Educational Psychology | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Fowler, Debra Ann, "Proprioception of the Mind: Balancing Science and Spirit Through Emotional Intelligence" (2006). MA TESOL Collection. 165.