“I was so impressed with engagement during this lesson. Each student got a whiteboard and wrote the emotion they were feeling. This was good for us because it gave them something to do with their hands and activated prior knowledge. We have done a TON with emotion identification in ourselves and others. I spent several weeks working through the process of empathy. When students got up to the board they told us about their emotions and their “because statement.” Example: “Today, I feel loved because my mom took me to my physical this morning, and that means I get to play basketball.” Each student had a real-life example of something on that day, that helped explain their emotion.
-Bethany Short, teacher, Cardinal Middle School (Eldin, IA)