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Discussing Emotions


Teaching students how to label, identify, and manage emotions helps them learn Inhibition & Self-Regulation skills. By discussing emotions and strategies to manage them, students are better equipped to navigate the emotions they experience to support their learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher uses storytelling and visual imagery to have a conversation about emotions. By asking questions about what the character is feeling, inviting students to share their own stories, and introducing skits to help them think about different ways of expressing their emotions, the teacher discusses emotions constructively.

  • Conducting read-alouds with books that focus on emotions allows students to safely practice identifying and labelling emotions. They can also brainstorm ways that characters in the books can manage and control their emotions in a positive way, which can ultimately transfer to their own lives.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how the Peekapak uses digital stories and activities to promote social and emotional learning. Students can practice discussing emotions in the stories as well as in an immersive online game world.

  • Providing opportunities in a product for learners to explore, identify, and reflect on emotions builds their Social Awareness & Relationship Skills. A developer can create explicit cues for facial expression and body language that help learners read and better understand emotions experienced by others.
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