Emotions and Learning

Logic prompts people to think. Emotions prompt people to act.

This fact applies to learning, also.

If you want people to remember what you teach, touch an emotional chord by painting a picture or by telling a story. There is a greater chance of the learning staying in long-term memory using these approaches than when the lesson just focuses on information itself.

If you think back to your own time when you were a student, you’ll realize that this is true. Which teachers were memorable to you? In what classes were you most engaged? Chances are your mind goes back to those teachers who did more than just focus on facts—they made the subjects come alive by helping their students relate to the topics on an emotional level.

So before you plan your next lesson, think: “How can I make this topic connect with students on an emotional level?”