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Discussing Emotions


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.

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

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    Watch a demo of how Avokiddo Emotions allows learners to explore Emotion through silly animal characters. Exploration and free play help learners develop a deeper understanding of facial expressions and emotional reactions.

  • Providing opportunities in a product for learners to explore, identify, and reflect on their emotions can help learners address possible math anxiety. A developer can also include explicit encouraging messages for when learners are struggling to help them practice staying positive even when things are challenging.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Numeracy and Mathematics