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Magazine Issue 19: Emotion for Learning
January 2012

This month ideas about Emotions for Learning. What is emotional intelligence and how can it impact on learning standards?

Article: Emotional Intelligence
New Resources
Additional Resources
Wise Words

This Month's Article:

Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional Intelligence An Article summarising Emotional Intelligence and reasons for developing it in the classroom.

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. 
Mark Twain

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. 
Robert Frost

Emotion: what is emotional intelligence and how can it impact on learning standards? 

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Leadership, Other Subject, PSHE, All Ages, Educators

Tags: Emotional Intelligence
You can’t help what you feel but you can help what you do about it. That, in fifteen words, is emotional intelligence. Energy is better spent expressing emotion appropriately than denying or ignoring it. Feelings are inevitable so instead of fighting, become aware and understand.

Now then, was that opening paragraph directed at you, the educator, or at them, your pupils? It’s both of course because just as classroom relationships are the foundation of successful learning, so emotional intelligence is a cornerstone of successful relationships. Your ‘emotional leadership’ is contingent therefore upon classroom success.

Some emotions are powerful allies for learning. They can engage, inspire and motivate as well as offer potent memory prompts. Others cause stress and boredom and make minds go blank. It’s a matter of which ones and how much. Educators need to craft the emotions of their classrooms as much as they do the subject knowledge.

Our senses feed information to our brains which use past experience and higher order thinking to ponder what to do about it. There’s usually a delay – from seconds to days depending on how much pondering we choose to do. However some sensations bypass the thinking part and cause a direct near-instantaneous body action. It’s snakes for some people, spiders for others. The side-stepped thinking eventually kicks in so we can rationalise and assimilate the intense experience. 

Some children do a lot of side-stepping, especially in the playground. Their life experience has set their brains to quick reflex rather than quiet reflection. They hit or speak first then think later. Usually during the next playtime or after school.

Some adults do too much reflecting, especially in the staffroom. Their educational experience has set their brains to critic rather than collaborator. They keep their feelings under wraps or maybe smouldering away until the next training day.

The wholesome, honest, intelligent and forgiving expression of human emotion is a healthy sign, especially in schools. Therefore a theoretical and practical understanding of emotion should be part of all curricula from EYFS to university and on into the workplace. 


New Resources:

1 Block Thinking

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1 Block Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that helps pupils to develop their visual thinking skills. Start with a single blank square and transform it into different symbols for subject ideas or classroom behaviours.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Art, DT, Infant, Junior

Tags: Visual Thinking Design
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1 Block Thinking Powerpoint

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1 Block Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, for easily generating 1 Block symbols. Banks of shapes are provided for you to resize, reshape and lay over a solid square to produce new images.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Creativity, Art, DT, Infant, Junior

Tags: Visual Thinking Design
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PE Think Sheet - Fitness & Health

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PE Think Sheet - Fitness & Health A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for creating exercises and making healthy life choices.

Categories: Think Sheet, PE, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills, Science

Tags: Fitness Health
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Additional Resources:

Thinking Classroom Archive:

From July '09, a great way to bring New Year Resolutions to life.

Goal Thinking

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Goal Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a process to make goals achievable by breaking them down into small steps.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Other Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Goals Success
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Think Sheets are activities that combine knowledge and thinking skills. More available in previous issues including,

English Think Sheet - Story

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English Think Sheet - Story A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for understanding and creating narrative.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Story
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RE Think Sheet - Ideas of Right and Wrong

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RE Think Sheet - Ideas of Right and Wrong A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for exploring morality and concepts of right, wrong, good & evil.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, PSHE, RE & Philosophy, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Values Morality Global
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Wise Words:

"Emotion is messy, contradictory...and true."
Nigella Lawson

Next month we think about Humour for Learning