Want students to learn more? They have to care first

May 18, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Submitted by Natalie C., one of our fabulous librarians: 

New research suggests that an emotional connection is crucial to effective learning. As reported by the New York Times, neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang emphasizes that “it is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about.”

Immordino-Yang draws the connection between this neurobiological impossibility and how students learn in the classroom, highlighting the importance of developing a personal connection to learning material in order to foster “deep, meaningful learning.”

It might seem obvious that we learn better if we care about what we’re learning; however, it can be easy to forget this in the classroom where there are certain things that just have to be taught, whether we like it or not. Immordino-Yang believes that the extra effort is worth it. Taking the time to find out how your math or science lesson can apply to a student’s personal goals can really bring it to life.

Additional Reading

Learn more about the impact of emotions on learning through Immordino-Yang’s articles available through EBSCOHost at the Professional Library [click here for password infomration http://bit.ly/PL-Passwords ] :

Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2011). Implications of affective and social neuroscience for educational theory. Educational Philosophy & Theory, 43(1), 98-103. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,uid&db=eue&AN=57220090&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2007). We feel, therefore we learn: The relevance of affective and social neuroscience to education. Mind, Brain & Education, 1(1), 3-10. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,uid&db=eue&AN=24944913&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Also, check out these other books available through the Professional Library for strategies on developing an emotionally engaging classroom:

Domenech, D. A. (2016). Personalizing 21st century education: A framework for student success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Rickabaugh, J. (2016). Tapping the power of personalized learning: A roadmap for school leaders. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Small, M. (2016). Making math meaningful to Canadian students. Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.

Zmuda, A. (2015). Learning personalized: The evolution of the contemporary classroom. San Francisco, ON: Jossey-Bass.

Check it out!

Natalie, Reference Librarian


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