Contagious Emotions and Responding to Stress. Neuroscience research suggests that emotions are contagious.
Our brains are social organs, and we are wired for relationships. When we encounter or experience intense emotions from another individual, we feel those feelings as if they were our own. Mirror neurons in our brains are responsible for empathy, happiness, and the contagious anger, sadness, or anxiety that we feel when another person is experiencing these same feelings. Students and educators need to understand how quickly this negative interaction can occur.
Conflicts escalate unconsciously when our amygdala, the emotional control centers in the limbic system, are triggered and we instantaneously react. Calming the Stress Response Focused attention practices and movement are the two neurological strategies for calming an angry and anxiety-ridden brain. 1. Give students -- and yourself -- a few minutes to step away from a conflict and de-escalate the limbic reaction. The Quicksand of Existence: Sylvia Plath on Life, Death, Hope, and Happiness. On February 11, 1963, Sylvia Plath — celebrated poet, little-known artist, “an addict of experience” — took her own life at the age of thirty.
Though some have argued that Plath has been “flattened into the prototype of the mentally tormented poet, the betrayed woman, the tragic literary blonde,” and suicide is always challenging to talk about in causal terms, Plath’s private writing reveals a complex and, indeed, tormented woman whose constant struggle to understand the meaning of life took an increasingly melancholy turn.
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (public library; UK) — the same volume that gave us the young poet’s exuberant celebration of curiosity and life — also gives us a record of her incessant oscillation between hope and hopelessness. In an entry from the summer of 1950, 18-year-old Plath adds to history’s finest private moments of everyday happiness:
One of San Francisco's toughest schools transformed by the power of meditatio... There was a time when Visitacion Valley middle school in San Francisco could have featured in a gritty US crime drama.
Surrounded by drugs and gang violence, the kids were stressed out and agitated. Unleashing the Power of Positivity in Your School. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S.
Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. A positive community of educators within a school has a powerful effect on the students who learn there. Individually, teachers contribute to that positive environment by exhibiting and modeling an optimistic outlook and can-do attitude. An understanding of the role that emotions play in learning can lay the foundation for positive and productive interactions with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. As neuroscientist Richard Davidson explains in his book The Emotional Life of Your Brain, "Emotion works with cognition in an integrated and seamless way to enable us to navigate the world of relationships, work, and spiritual growth.
" Enhancing Your Practical Optimism In a previous post, we explored the benefits of teaching students to adopt an attitude of practical optimism as they learn. Mamamia.com.
A non-cheesy guide to gratefulness: What to read and watch. Teacher of Year Sean McComb Makes the Case for Optimism. National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb is at the halfway point of his whirlwind journey, which has taken him all across the country to meet with fellow educators, policy makers, and even President Obama.
Along the way, he has been sharing insights gained from eight years in the classroom at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. He teaches in a program called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) which addresses the needs of students who are much like a younger version of himself. We caught up just before the holidays, when he was looking forward to some down time with his baby son before hitting the road again. Edutopia.org: Why did you decide to become a teacher? Sean McComb: My journey to teaching starts with my experience as a student. That personal relationship to caring adults -- what a profound difference it can make. I went to Upper Merion Area High School outside Philadelphia. 15 ways you can learn how to be happy. Your dreams have come true: Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb launch new podcast.
Annabel Crabb: 'It's an excuse for Salesy to indulge her ridiculously close-to-the-surface obsession with musical theatre.' ABC journalists Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales have launched an independent podcast – complete with A Chorus Line-inspired theme song they have written and sung themselves, with Sales on piano.
A four-minute preview of the podcast, called Chat 10 Looks 3, was posted on the pair's Twitter accounts this afternoon. "It's basically going to be just us talking about whatever we've read this week, or other things we've been doing," explains Sales, host of the ABC's national current affairs program 7.30. Kids lending a hand for mental health - ABC Splash - ABC Splash - 'Funny', 'creative', 'sporty', 'brave', 'smart'.
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