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Emotional Intelligence and Teenagers (LS-BG-506)
August 30, 2020
Art, CLIL, Diversity and Inclusion, English, Flipped classroom, Formal, Group dynamics, Language subjects, Learning Scenarios, Literacy, Lower Secondary Education, Online, Physical and emotional well-being, Upper Secondary Education
No doubt that people have emotions. The point is whether we can recognize and control these emotions. What happens to teenagers when they do not go to school and study from home? How do they feel?
Context and goals
The main aim of this Learning Scenario is to help students recognize their emotions and manage their behaviour and reactions in times of isolation. It also aims at engaging the students with meaningful activities and inspiring their artistic potential and creativity during a period of distance learning and no physical presence at school (due to COVID-19). Through this lesson students will develop their language skills and vocabulary, they will learn adjectives to describe their feelings and they will practice recognizing feelings and talking about them. Students will develop their emotional intelligence.
The Learning Scenario aims to develop 21st-century skills in students – creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. It also makes the students aware of their own feelings and tries to teach them how to manage their behaviour.
The students discuss the way they feel at the moment, they get acquainted with Europeana and explore some pictures from the Europeana art collection and try to recognize the emotions the people in the pictures are experiencing. They will also try to identify themselves with these people and guess the reason why people are feeling like that. The students are introduced to a list of vocabulary – adjectives to describe feelings. Finally, students design activities to help them overcome boredom and the feeling of isolation. They create leaflets, posters and presentations to promote these activities. All the products are displayed on a Padlet wall.
Cross-curricular LS
The Learning Scenario combines English as a foreign language, Art and Technology:
English as a foreign language – the students learn and practice adjectives to describe emotions and feelings.
Art – the students study pictures from the Europeana art collection. They try to recognize the feelings of the people in the pictures.
Technology – the students use a lot of digital tools such as Canva, Padlet, Google slides, Answer Garden. They work in teams or individually to create posters, leaflets and presentations which present various activities that could be done to fight boredom and the feelings of isolation and anxiety.
Final thoughts
Being a teacher has always been challenging but it is even more difficult today because of COVID-19. Normally lessons teach content and skills. Students need to talk about their feelings as well and this is what this learning scenario is about.
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15 Responses to "Emotional Intelligence and Teenagers (LS-BG-506)"
angelacapezzuto says:
February 7, 2021 at 8:46 pm
Hello Denislava Boycheva,
in Italy, we are currently going through a confusing time of opening schools to normal lessons, then going back to remote learning because of COVID infections fluctuating from week to week and the population not always heeding social distancing and face masks. I was attracted to your LS, because we had a couple of lessons on a special date in the Anglo-Saxon calendar called Blue Monday, which occurs in the third week of January and is about it being judged the saddest day of the year-so what could be more logical than implementing your LS during the lesson after?
I actually implemented it with my older students, and also connected your LS with colours and emotions, because the English language uses a great many idioms about emotions connected to colours-tickled pink; yellow belly; feeling blue; the green-eyed monster; red in the face; white as a sheet, and so on. The students were really engaged with the activities presented in the LS, however, it took a bit explaining to them what Europeana was about, and I thought it wise to give them less Web 2.0 tools to create interesting activities about emotions to get them thinking critically and forget their isolation for a while. So, I think that choosing the tool https://learningapps.org/ was a source of inspiration for the creation of an activity based on emotions. They created everything from crosswords, to picture/word match to short quizzes. They can really be creative when they want. So as you can see, your LS can be used with older kids and with more complicated activities.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Anonymous says:
February 9, 2021 at 6:11 pm
Dear Angela,
I am really happy to hear that you have found this LS worth trying. Of course evry classroom is unique so you can obviously adapt it to your students’ needs. It’s a pity that we are still experiencing some limitations due to Covid and obviously the LS is still topical. Thank you for the colour idioms you have mentioned.
Being a teacher does not only require academic skills and knowledge. We have to be able to recognize our students’ emotions and help them be aware of these themselves. Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate it.
Kind regards.
Oana Puscasu says:
April 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Congratulations for having chosen this topic! Emotional intelligence is something we can develop in schools through a variety of activities meant to develop students’ empathy and kindness.
You have proven that the topic can also be taught online, by effectively using digital tools. I really liked the idea of asking students to design activities that overcome boredom, as well as the use of Padlet to register students’ ideas.
Best wishes,
Anonymous says:
February 9, 2021 at 9:18 pm
Thank you for sharing such an interesting learning scenario. It is very useful, especially in this crisis. We teach students many things, and they gain many skills and knowledge in the school, but we do not teach them emotion. It might be a huge mistake of educational system. This kind of examples and materials could help teacher to work on students well being.
rosannabusiello says:
February 10, 2021 at 12:08 am
Thamks ver. y much for this very interesting work, the main difficulties of our teen today are above all those related to not knowing how to recognize their emotions and above all not knowing how to manage them. Both positive and negative emotions must be managed and above all defused. I have attached to your activity a second phase of work in which they work on understanding of life skils. Finally i have used your LS to introduce the dual role of brain in the managing of emotion.The bridge between the left and right sides of our brain allows us to make use of both the logical (left) and the creative / protective (right) sides of our brain when we need them. Thanks a lot for the inspiration.
kakaliathanasia says:
March 23, 2021 at 10:51 pm
Dear Denislava,
I was really glad to implement your learning scenario in my EFL class, as it proved to be very interesting and useful.
First, I developed an Emotional Vocabulary Bank in Quizlet to aid learners acquire vocabulary. Furthermore, I exploited two short videos to provide students with meaningful input. In the warming up stage, students shared feelings in AnswerGarden. They also created a mindmap of emotions in Popplet. Besides, they discussed about the roots of emotions and the importance of managing them. Later, they took part in a quiz, where they detected feelings in Europeana pictures. For vocabulary practice, students worked on a Liveworksheet. Then, they collaborated in breakout rooms, where they suggested ways of overcoming boredom. Last, they created a wellness game on WheelDecide and a Feelings Gallery with Europeana pictures.
If you would like to read more about our experience, my students’ feelings and the outcomes, have a look on my story of implementation which is about to be published.
Kind regards,
Athanasia Kakali.
Umutsencan says:
March 25, 2021 at 9:27 pm
Hello Denislava Boycheva,
It is a very well thought out learning scenario for our students during this period. I liked the purpose of the students in recognizing their emotions and managing their behavior and reactions in times of isolation. Our students find it very difficult to manage their emotions during this period. It is also very nice that you directed the time they spend at home to art. Thank you for allowing the learning scenario to be used by everyone. It’s a great idea to enrich your learning scenario with the Quizlet web2 tool. It was nice for you to communicate with the students with Googleclassrom. In this way, everyone in the class will be able to see and compare the learning outcomes. It is also a good idea for our students to use google classroom to learn English. It is a good idea to create a word cloud with the web2 tool from Answerga to attract students’ attention. It’s a great idea to use canva for poster use. It is nice that you use Europeana resources. You have applied project-based learning thanks to the students preparing posters and making presentations. You made them collaborative because you also provided your communications from googleclasroom. If I were you, I would increase collaboration and let groups have a room and discuss it in live lessons. I used to create emotion cards and play games with the learning apss web2 tool. It would be nice if there was a kahoot for our students to have fun in the evaluation part. It is a beautifully prepared script. It is well planned for you to motivate the students. The scenario where we can easily see the learning outcomes. Congratulations.
Puscasu Oana-Alexandra says:
April 2, 2021 at 6:20 pm
Dear Denislava,
Congratulations for having chosen this topic! I am also interested in developing emotional intelligence and I try to develop my students’ EQ by raising their awareness of the importance of being kind, grateful and patient.
I really liked the idea of the creative home activity of overcoming boredom, as well as the use of Mentimeter in order to register students’ feedback.
These are 2 things that I am planning to use myself during online classes.
Best wishes,
Oana Puscasu
Oana Puscasu says:
April 2, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Congratulations for having chosen this topic! I also try to develop my students’ EQ by raising their awareness of the importance of being kind, patient and grateful.
I also liked the idea of the creative home activity for overcoming boredom and the use of Mentimeter to register students’ feedback! I will use this tool myself during the online classes.
Best wishes,
Oana-Alexandra Puscasu
Serap says:
April 2, 2021 at 11:32 pm
Çok güzel bir senaryo bu pandemi döneminde öğrencilerin sanata yönlendirilmiş olması hem rahatlatıcı hemde zihinsel gelisimlerinde destekleyici olacaktır Senaryonuzu herkesin kullananimina açtığınız çok teşekkür ederim ve tebrik ederim
Oana Puscasu says:
April 3, 2021 at 3:33 pm
Congratulations for having chosen this topic! Emotional intelligence is something we can develop in schools through a variety of activities meant to develop students’ empathy and kindness.
You have proven that the topic can also be taught online, by effectively using digital tools. I really liked the idea of asking students to design activities that overcome boredom, as well as the use of Padlet to register students’ ideas.
Best wishes,
desislavaboycheva says:
August 3, 2021 at 2:21 pm
Thank you, Oana!
Beyza Arslanoğlu says:
April 30, 2021 at 5:48 pm
Dear Angela,
First of all, the subject caught my attention. As teachers, we come together with our students for more lessons and unfortunately we can put students’ feelings and thoughts in the second plan due to the intensity of the lesson. We must be able to recognize our students’ emotions, not just their academic achievements. At the same time, we must allow them to get to know each other, express them, reflect their feelings and empathize. I liked your script for giving students such an opportunity.
Good work.
katalinlorincz says:
August 3, 2021 at 10:03 am
I loved your scenario and included it in the Blog Update: Leave No One Behind and the article will be published on Europeana Pro page as well. Congratulation!
desislavaboycheva says:
August 3, 2021 at 2:20 pm
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
Kind regards,
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