How Are Happiness and Learning Connected?
We've all heard of the fight or flight response. We go into survival mode when threatened by something or someone. We either put up our dukes (literally or metaphorically) or take off running (literally or metaphorically). Students often go into survival mode when they feel threatened by an overwhelming cognitive task or confusing text, or when they are called on and don't know the answer, or are confronted or teased by another student (or a teacher!) Can one even learn in such a setting? It's a question that deserves our full consideration. As teachers, we also know that when students' affective filters or defenses are sky high, fight or flight responses will be modus operandi. Now let's flip it and take a look at how much more we are able to learn when we are in harmony with the people and things in any given educational environment. Hearts and Minds in Sync What does research show to be the opposite of the brain's fight or flight response? Let's go back to Dr. In the Classroom
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