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All our learning is affected by our prior experiences and our emotions. All new stimulus, including information and knowledge must pass through the emotional filter in our brains before it reaches our memory. As a result, Decision making cannot be separated from emotions and our decisions cannot ever be considered fully rational or ‘emotionless’.
When thinking about our students and their learning, we must think of learning processes as something that cannot be isolated from emotions. Emotions affect learning, and learning affects emotions: they are complementary and, when looking at the brain, they often overlap with each other. Emotions are essential to learning and learning outcomes: therefore, they are central to effective and efficient teaching and learning processes. Knowing that emotions have a pivotal role in learning, means that teachers can use affect-based strategies to improve the teaching and learning processes.
There is strong research evidence on the role that emotions play in learning. There is a growing research base on how teachers and students can leverage emotions and affect-based strategies to support and improve learning.
There are a range of ways that teachers can utilise an understanding of the importance of emotions to support learning. These include:
"There is so much good information in this for teaching. It’s applicable for all ages. It’s so valuable I am devoting tonight’s staff meeting to read and discuss"
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