Feelings Count - Emotions and Learning
|How students feel affects
whether and how they can learn. If theyre anxious or fearful
theyre not going to be able to take in information. Teachers
not only can learn to create a safe environment they can learn
to develop emotional intelligence. The students actually gain
the skills of managing their emotions, solving conflicts, and
interacting with others. And all of that can be taught and learned.
| Key Questions:
- How do emotions affect learning, and how
does the classroom affect emotions?
- How can teachers foster emotional intelligence and create
emotionally safe classroom environments?
- Emotions affect learning
– Teachers will understand how their students' emotions
affect learning. Teachers will understand the need to make
judgments about when emotions are interfering with or supporting
- Emotional intelligence
– Teachers will consider and understand the five aspects
of "emotional intelligence." They will begin to
develop strategies to help themselves and their students
become aware of and manage their emotions.
- Creating emotionally safe learning
environments – Teachers will consider how
to create emotionally safe learning environments where students
can take risks, develop confidence, and grow emotionally
This episode introduces viewers to ways
in which teachers can create an emotionally safe classroom
to foster learning, and ways in which they can deal
with emotions and conflicts that can be an obstacle
to learning. Fifth grade teacher Kristin Bijur at San
Francisco Community School, San Francisco, California,
is featured, as well as eighth grade band teacher, Nancy
Flanagan at Hartland Middle School, Hartland, Michigan.
Daniel B. Goleman, Ph.D., author of the book Emotional
Intelligence, and Yale University Professor James
P. Comer offer expert commentary on the subject.
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