Teaching elementary students the neuroscience of emotions helps them understand their feelings and empowers them to respond with intentionality.
A fourth-grade student has an angry outburst in the middle of your lesson. How do you respond? Emotions are contagious, and your initial reaction might be to respond in anger. What happens if instead you build on your relationship and learning? Using proximity and calm, you say something like, “Wow, I can see you’re having a big feeling right now. Let’s take a beat together.”
In some instances, everything shifts.
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