Using brain science to guide students in emotional growth

07/22/2013 |

Drawing on current neuroscience research about emotional development, educators can help students learn from playground disputes by first acknowledging students' feelings, then -- after the children have calmed down -- getting them to analyze the situation logically, middle-grades teacher Barbora Bridle writes in this blog post. Using a child in her class as an example, Bridle writes: "Only when the emotional flooding has subsided and the child has calmed down, can I redirect her by helping her analyze what went wrong in the incident with her friend and guide her to find a strategy for mending the friendship."

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