Daniel Goleman: The Emotional Atmosphere of a Classroom Matters
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Daniel Goleman: The Emotional Atmosphere of a Classroom Matters


>>Daniel Goleman: If I could
change one thing in education, it would be making explicit
the now implicit understanding that the emotional atmosphere
of the classroom matters. It’s not irrelevant; in fact,
it’s essential to learning. And the reason it’s essential to
learning, from the scientific point of view, is that the
emotional centers of the brain actually can take
over the centers for learning, and so our attention goes from
what the teacher is saying to that thing that’s upsetting us,
and the failure to understand this, I think, handicaps
education as a system. So, if we were to make explicit
the fact that “yes” it matters that students feel safe; it
matters that students feel calm; it matters that they’re attentive. And they won’t be attentive unless
they’re calm and now that we’re ready to learn, we can go ahead.

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