Math 3-6

Discussing Emotions

Overview

Teaching students how to label, identify, and manage Emotion helps them learn 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. Improving their ability to self-assess their own emotions fosters Metacognition and enhances their Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this primary school teacher incorporates discussions about Emotion into his classroom. Through whole-class discussions and individual reflections, students are able to consider, label, and express their emotions so they can be at their best for learning.

  • Conducting read-alouds with books about math can serve a dual purpose. First, such books engage learners in math through narrative. Then having conversations about the characters 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 Mood Meter allows learners to choose an emotion they are feeling then explore strategies to help shift their emotion as necessary. Additionally, the learner can track their own emotion and share with their peers.

  • Providing opportunities in a product for learners to explore, identify, and reflect on their emotions can help learners address possible math anxiety. For example, research has shown that when students free write about their emotions before a math activity or assessment, they can reevaluate negative thoughts and free up the space these emotions were taking in their Working Memory. A developer can also include explicit encouraging messages for when learners are struggling to help them practice staying positive even when things are challenging.