BANGALORE: As much as 80 per cent of one's success, happiness and fulfillment depends on your Emotional Quotient (EQ).
This was the crux of a talk by Ali Khwaja on 'Building Emotional Intelligence In Children'.
Khwaja , counsellor and chairman of Banjara Academy , was speaking at the Times NIE Knowledge Meet, held in association with 3MIndia .Hesaidtheterm EQ may sound fancy , but was a basic factor which determined the wellbeing of students .
Addressing a group of 125 teachers from the city's schools, Khwaja emphasizedthatteachers are no longer information givers , but have to become catalysts of change . They need to bring in a paradigm shift in their role , as the current generation is very different from earlier ones . The focus should be on the skills children require and on building their EQ.
He advised teachers to first build their own EQ. It's necessary for teachers to develop a connect with children and arouse curiosity in them which,he pointedout ,is killed by our education system .
In answer to a question from a teacher , he said empowering a child to come up with solutions himself is the best way to deal with a problem . Half the problem is solved by listening to his problem without being judgmental . The teacher can then explore other options to let the child decide the best course of action , Khwaja said .
DS Sachdeva , VP, consumer and office business , 3M India , said one dimension of knowledge was creativity , and innovation supported progress.
The teachers were taken through a presentation on 'Innovative Teaching Aids' by Sarayu Perumal , counsellor , who explained how teachers can make the learning process more creative and organized .
Times of India