Managing Emotions in the Classroom

Did you know that children can develop their emotions in the classroom? From the time they are born until they become adults, children begin exploring their own emotions. They can recognize different emotions, starting with the most basic ones (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust). Understanding these feelings will help them learn how to better deal with life challenges, get to know themselves, and recognize their classmates’ feelings and attitudes.

According to American psychologist Goleman, emotional intelligence is “the ability to recognize our own and others’ feelings, to motivate ourselves and to manage relationships appropriately.” It means that managing our emotions effectively; is needed to build empathetic relationships. Therefore, developing it improves academic performance and strengthens self-confidence.

Here are some reasons why working on emotions in the classroom is important:

  1. Manage emotions. Developing emotional understanding allows children to identify their feelings and accept them. It also helps to recognize those emotions that can be harmful and learn how to manage them through activities like relaxation or physical exercise.
  2. Show empathy. Knowing how you feel is necessary to focus on those around you. The more open children are to understanding their sentiments, the easier it will be for them to figure out the mindset of others. To be empathetic means perceiving others’ emotions around us and acting accordingly.
  3. Develop optimism. Students should face problems with an optimistic attitude to learn how to move forward despite difficulties.

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