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Expressive Writing


Writing freely about one's emotions about a specific activity, such as taking a test, can help students cope with negative Emotion, such as math anxiety. Expressive writing helps learners identify and understand the emotions they are experiencing, creating a distance between them and their feelings and making them more open to change the meaning of a stressful situation. This, in turn, frees up their Working Memory and thus can enhance their performance.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Teachers can have journals for students to write in regularly to reflect on their thoughts and feelings on what and how they are learning, enhancing students' Metacognition. Teachers can read the journals to get a better sense of where students are, occasionally commenting encouragingly with growth mindset feedback.
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    Learn how Explain Everything allows students to share their thinking and reflect on what they have learned in a visual, interactive manner. By providing open-ended drawing tools and recording capabilities, learners can create video reflections that not only showcase their learning but also facilitate the reflection process.

  • Products can include expressive writing prompts at regular intervals or during specific events, such as when the learner is unable to understand something or before assessments, to help students with their emotional Self-Regulation.
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