Applied Improvisation and Storytelling In Social-Emotional Learning - (mostly) TRUE THINGS podcast Episode 5
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Here are some links to research on the topic of social-emotional learning. Enjoy!
"Improvisation is a system's unplanned but purposeful response at a particular point to a turbulent, fast-changing environment" according to the authors of "Learning To Improvise, Improvising To Learn: A Process of Responding To Complex Environments" in the Journal of Business Research. Improvisation engages the cognitive, the emotional and the social dimensions in every experience, making it an ideal method for cultivating skills for navigating change and uncertainty.
From "Feelings Count: Emotions and Learning"
Stanford University School of Education
"Emotions are important in the classroom in two major ways. First, emotions have an impact on learning. They influence our ability to process information and to accurately understand what we encounter. For these reasons, it is important for teachers to create a positive, emotionally safe classroom environment to provide for the optimal learning of students. Second, learning how to manage feelings and relationships constitutes a kind of “emotional intelligence” that enables people to be successful. Emotional intelligence expands on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, in particular, the intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligences he defines, which deal with understanding oneself and others (Gardner, 1999). Specific behaviors and skills can be taught to help students develop emotional intelligence"
"Emotions Affect Learning.
Emotions are often thought of as irrational or “nonintellectual” feelings that are beyond our control. However, emotions are complex states of mind and body, consisting of physiological, behavioral, and cognitive reactions to situations that can be managed and directed. Cognitively, individuals interpret an event as one that may be sad, dangerous, joyous, etc. Physically, a sad situation may yield tears, or a dangerous situation might lead to an elevated heart rate. Behaviorally, we may seek comfort when we are sad or run and seek help when we face danger. It is critical to recognize the important link between emotions, thought, and action. Moreover, it is important to teach our students that emotions can be managed, regulated, and controlled to some degree. In this section, we first discuss the ways in which emotions affect learning; we then consider the importance of managing emotions and building emotional intelligence in the classroom. Our emotional state has the potential to influence our thinking. For example, students learn and perform more successfully when they feel secure, happy, and excited about the subject matter..." READ MORE
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