If we learn to recognize and navigate our own emotions, it becomes a tool and practice that we can share with students and help them to develop. Below, you will read some articles and watch some videos that provide ideas about places and ways that we can use this work.
Read the following article, then choose THREE more resources to read or watch.
Concrete Ways To Help Students Self-Regulate And Prioritize Work | Katrina Schwartz (6 minutes)
Why, you might ask, is it important for the teacher to learn to navigate their emotions?
“One of the critical features of learning is modeling,” said Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute in an Edutopia series on the science of learning. “We learn by watching others. In this classroom, we see the teacher modeling her recognition of her emotions and also modeling how she deals with them in productive ways. And that is the first step in helping children learn to manage their own emotions.”
How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience | Deborah Farmer Kris (5 minutes)
“Whatever the causes, Dr. Lisa Damour has hopeful news for parents and teens: first, some degree of stress and anxiety is not only normal but essential for human growth. And if those levels become untenable, there are tested strategies for reining anxiety back in.“
Hello Anxiety: 3 EQ Tips to Navigate Worry | Six Seconds (8 minutes)
“Let’s take a tour through the crashing, crushing, turbulence of anxiety and the role it plays in our lives. For many of us anxiety has always been with us, like a shadow at our back, jumping out to scare us and block our way in life. Anxiety is on the rise, affecting millions of people in brutal ways, including anxiety disorders and related mental illnesses.“
Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia (5 minutes)
Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain.
How Can we Navigate our Emotions and Teach Others this Skill? | Six Minutes (2.40 minutes)
Emotional Intelligence Educator Barbara Fatum offers some tips on making friends with emotions, handling them more skillfully — and teaching our children and others to do so as well.
Science Bulletins: Mapping Emotions in the Body | American Museum of Natural History
“Feelings are often associated with physical reactions: terror can send chills down your spine, and love can leave you weak in the knees. A recent study has linked specific emotions to physical sensations. Researchers tested emotional responses in hundreds of subjects and then created maps identifying locations in the body where emotions cause physical changes.“
The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage | Susan David (16.53 minutes)
“Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health, and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous, and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.“
Watch the video and select a quote that is meaningful to you. A few quotes stand out from Susan David’s talk for me, including:
- “Research now shows that the radical acceptance of all of our emotions — even the messy, difficult ones — is the cornerstone to resilience, thriving, and true, authentic happiness. But emotional agility is more than just an acceptance of emotions. We also know that accuracy matters.”
- “Tough emotions are part of our contract with life. You don’t get to have a meaningful career or raise a family or leave the world a better place without stress and discomfort. Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.”
- “Courage is not an absence of fear. Courage is fear walking.”