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In this part, we ask you to extend your inquiry into social and emotional learning in your setting by examining children’s emotion knowledge and learning.
Relate learning to practice
This time we want you to devise ways to assess the emotion words that teachers and children use and understand. You might undertake some focused observations, or structure opportunities for children and teachers to generate emotion words (identifying emotions in a book or drawing different emotional expressions, for example).
When you have a list of the emotion words that you have heard used, choose a set of emotion words that you’d like to teach and reinforce, to extend children’s existing knowledge.
Create some simple resources (images or simply a list of key vocabulary) to display in your setting to prompt teachers to use the extended emotion vocabulary.
Which emotion words were most commonly used in your setting? Were there some terms used that surprised you? Which words do you want to introduce? Share your findings and reflections on emotion words with your fellow course participants on our online forum.
Further reading and resources
Watch a webinar with Karen Mackay and Dr. Tara McLaughlin which describes how Karen and her team inquired into social and emotional learning at BestStart Palmerston North. You will need a webinar subscription with The Education Hub to watch the webinar, or you can read a summary of it here.