Learning & Emotions
Research proves that it is crucial to the learning process for students to feel comfortable and safe.
If they are enthusiastic and feel positive, they will learn.
If the conditions are negative and the learner does not feel safe, learning will not take place.
How students feel influences the amount of attention they devote to their learning.
The optimum learning state is when the student feels relaxed and safe in their home, class and school. Feeling threatened or anxious will shut down the learning process.
Adults can help students understand the influence that negative and positive emotions have on learning.
Positive emotions such as excitement, enthusiasm, affirmation and joy help students process information, enhance memory retention and brain development, and encourage a lifelong love of learning.