A Heartful Teacher
A Heartful Teacher will be a role model, one who is inspired and nurtures
inspiration in students. Here are some specific qualities
Subtle and Indirect
Centered and Relaxed
Catalyst for Change
Power of Thoughts
Manifestations: Measuring Impact in Classroom
Emotional Intelligence: Practising the Heartfulness methodology will have a positive effect on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ in teachers, e.g. self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy and motivation.
- Number of questions asked during class.
- Number of times the teacher smiles in class.
- Number of times the teacher appreciates the opinion of a student.
- Emotional perception: Number of times the teacher ‘felt’ the needs of students and responded appropriately.
Resilience: Practising the Heartfulness methodology will have a positive effect on ‘Resilience’ in teachers, where Resilience is defined as the time it takes to bounce back from adversity and challenge.
- Number of times the teacher takes a pause to respond effectively instead of immediately reacting to the situation.
- Number of times the teacher displays ‘poise and grace’ in a disruptive classroom.
- How long does it take to resolve any conflict or disruption in class?
- How long does it take the teacher to bounce back from an incident?
Attention: Practising the Heartfulness methodology will have a positive effect on ‘attention’ in teachers,
where attention is a measure of ability to concentrate and remain focused for a period of time.
- Eye contact:
- Is the teacher attentive to any student who is responding?
- Do the teacher’s eyes pan the classroom to engage attention and create rapport?
- Body language: how often is body language tense or closed versus relaxed, open and inviting?
- Number of times the teacher is distracted in class.
- Number of minutes spent listening to students during class.
Classroom Management: Practising the Heartfulness methodology will have a positive effect on ‘classroom management’ in teachers, e.g. time and space management, effective communication, conflict resolution, discipline and structure.
- Classroom Climate:
- Does the teacher involve students in creating routines in the classroom?
- Is the teacher able to delegate tasks to students?
- Do students hesitate or are they forthcoming with requests and questions?
- Is the classroom ‘lively’ and at the same time ‘orderly’?
- How do students feel in the classroom: joyful, afraid, bored?
- How many practical or experimental activities are included in class?
- Number of minutes that students are allowed to ‘present’ in class.
- Peer learning: number of times students learn from other students.
- Orderly and creative arrangement of items and displays of work in the classroom.