Pugh, E., & Tyson, E. (n.d.). Emotional aspects of teaching: Creating positive
emotional ecologies while learning to teach. [PowerPoint slides].
In this PowerPoint presentation, the researchers spoke about their current research on the training of new educators. Pugh and Tyson were investigating how to support new teachers with the challenge of engaging students with emotionally-knowledgeable teaching. They discussed important traits of emotional intelligence and emotional competence, and I feel every teacher should be aware and understand the importance of both of these skills. Currently, in our classrooms there is a broad spectrum of learners and teachers must be experts in emotional intelligence and competence. Educators must be cognitive of the student’s self-awareness and social awareness. Students must develop certain skills to regulate their personal and social competencies, and this is achieved by scaffolding and promoting a safe, inclusive classroom. The research followed eight student teachers and through weekly journals, observation feedback, self-assessment, and weekly placement reviews assessed their emotional knowledge. In the future, the researchers would continue with further journal reflections, individual interviews, and focus group. I would hope in the future that the researchers would expand the number of student teacher participants since they only surveyed eight student teachers out of a possibility of thousands of student teachers. I feel this was an important assignment, and see the benefits of being cognitively aware of emotional intelligence and competence levels of my pupils. As a new teacher, it can be overwhelming for some dealing with the curriculum and the social aspect of school dynamics. I feel this would be beneficial for all student teachers to consider during the preparatory training.