Cognitive science tells us that students’ emotions affect their motivation, attention span, memory, behavior, and ultimately, their academic achievement. Yet anxiety and stress among students seem to be on the rise. How can educators help all students learn to deal with their emotions to enhance learning? How can teachers best support students who have emotional and mental health problems—and whose behavior may disrupt other students’ learning? And how can educators connect with counselors and mental health professionals to reach students who need intensive help? Articles will look at strategies for creating emotionally safe classrooms, building social skills and empathy, and helping kids learn to support one another.
ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content on the theme “Emotionally Healthy Kids.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2015.