Creating a Positive Learning Environment

I chose this online article entitled “The Road to Equity is Paved with Emotions” because I have experienced  both as a learner and an educator that strong emotions such as anger, grief, defensiveness etc. can come up when difficult topics such as racism, sexism, and many forms of injustice are discussed in a classroom. The author, Elena Aquilar, uses the term “emotional literacy” to describe a mindful way to experience emotions and sees emotions as a “source of energy” and says that they are part of a transformative learning experience.  This article will help me to remember that emotions can be an important part of learning, even when discussions are difficult.



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