Appealing to the Emotional Connection to Learning:


Create a less stressful environment in the classroom by:
  • Creating positive rituals in your classroom. ex. greet students personally when they enter the classroom, play music as students enter/leave, posting a new affirmation on the board for students to see every day as they enter.
  • Create situations where students feel comfortable entering a classroom and accepted in class which in turn produces chemical responses that make them more adept at solving problems in potentially stressful situations.

Use games within the lesson to help and encourage students to sustain their interest.
  • Games provide a context for helping the brain seek meaning.
  • If students are amused, angered, intrigued or surprised the content is more meaningful to their brains.

Use Project Based Learning.
  • Students are who create their own projects, including the content, research, and project structures that really interest them are actively engaged in learn and retain info.
  • PBL is an "interesting, efficient and effective way to uncover the curriculum, teach the standards and address individual learning styles.
  • Try http://pbl-online.org/ as a starting place to get ideas on project based learning.

Take More Field Trips
  • Emotional connections to locations, events, and real-world situations are unparalleled for learning/long term memory.
  • Use the internet to take students on "virtual field trips" if you can actually take them on a trip.

Use Simulations and Role Playing.
  • Role playing helps students use real-world scenarios to draw out and recall information and place it in context.
  • The brain responds to the social interaction-their motivation to participate increases, enthusiasm for the project enhances the memory of it and physical motion strengthens learning by activating multiple neural pathways.