In our fifth blog post on the topic of preparing to learn we will explore the importance of emotional well being for effective learning.
Emotional well-being is necessary in order for true learning to take place. A brain that is preoccupied with negative thoughts, insecurities, and self doubt will not have the capacity to take in and store new information in a meaningful way. As caregivers, it is important that those in your care are healthy and supported emotionally as well as physically. It is only with proper emotional support that students can become life long learners and acquire the skills they need to thrive in the classroom as well as in all their future endeavors.
A key component to emotional well-being is teaching children to recognize, verbalize, and deal productively with their emotions. There is research which suggests that schools that incorporate lessons about emotional awareness into their curriculum experience better academic outcomes and less instances of bullying. Emotional awareness may also help to strengthen children, making them more resilient generally and even impacting how their bodies react to physical injuries.
The theory of brain architecture suggests that the developing minds of young children can be permanently damaged if they are exposed to prolonged stress early in life. This damage could negatively affect a child’s ability to learn and excel not only academically but also socially and in their careers. By providing emotional support to your child you are ensuring that their brains can grow while they are young, thereby forming a strong foundation for later development to take place.
In order for you to properly support your child emotionally, it is important that you yourself are practicing good ’emotional hygiene’. This means recognizing the signs that you are emotionally stressed and finding healthy techniques to reduce your emotional turbulence.
There is no one-size fits all approach to emotional health, instead it is up to everyone, individually and as a family, to identify and implement the practices that ensure that everyone in your care is being supported in the ways that they need.