Executive Function: Addressing Emotion through Communication

By: Landmark Outreach Staff

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Students' emotional responses to challenging situations can influence their concentration, perseverance, application of learned skills, and interactions with others. Abraham Maslow's expanded hierarchy of needs explains how physical and emotional safety must be satisfied in order to allow people to address cognitive and higher levels of human needs. In order to better create space for student learning, teachers can develop classroom environments in which students feel safe and supported. Beyond physical safety, structured routines and clear expectations can alleviate anxiety. Furthermore, by validating students' challenges and acknowledging their accomplishments, teachers can enhance their students' self-advocacy skills and encourage their efforts to work through difficulties and find success.

Even with safe and supportive classroom environments, students often have difficulty because they lack the communication skills to address challenging situations. Teachers can work with students on scripting, a strategy that helps students identify the challenge and their associated feelings about it, set a goal for addressing the challenge, and generate the language required to respond to the situation.

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McLeod, S. (2016). Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Retrieved July 26, 2016, from http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

Landmark Outreach Staff (2016)