Emotions are the rudder that steers thinking, write neuroscientists Immordino-Yang and Damasio. Our emotional states influence motivation to learn and perception of tasks. If a student is having a bad day, for example, they are going to perceive everything through that emotional lens. Additionally, for learning to transfer from the classroom to real world applications, students need to form an emotional connection to what they learn. What does the unbreakable bond between feelings and learning mean for how you teach? How do you check in with the emotional climate of your classroom, and what strategies help students become aware (but not governed) by their emotional state? What do you do differently for students who are having those bad days? How do you design curriculum and learning experiences that connect with students?
ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content on the theme “The Feeling-Learning Connection.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to email@example.com by April 15.