Improving Learning with Emotional Literacy

Thursday 19th November 2020

  • #UKEdChat session 530
  • Drawing insight into the reasons which trigger our behaviour is key to moving beyond it
  • Pupils who ‘cope’ with the school hubbub can better act upon learning opportunities
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Know thyself… sounds easy enough.

Understanding why we do the things we do isn’t always clear. Many of the decisions we make are clouded by unrelated incidents which happened hours, days, or weeks before. Drawing insight into the reasons which trigger our behaviour is key to moving beyond it and removing barriers to learning. Only with a greater understanding of emotional literacy can pupils and teachers overcome the destruction that we do to ourselves.

Currently, there is a patchwork approach to rolling out an understanding of emotional literacy, if it is there at all. In his book, Independent Thinking On Emotional Literacy: A Passport To Increased Confidence, Engagement And Learning, Richard Evans highlights that there are many aspects of modern schooling which are the antithesis to a productive learning environment, and there is a spectrum of pupils who ‘cope’ with this. Those pupils with greater emotional literacy can act upon learning opportunities despite the hubbub and stresses of school life.

🔼UKEdChat After Hours Webinar, featuring guests Richard Evans, with @ICTmagic hosting. See the links to Richard’s book📘

In this #UKEdChat discussion, which took place on Thursday 19th November 2020 at 8pm(UK), and during our free UKEdChat After Hours Webinar at 9pm, what emotional literacy is, how teachers can use it to remove barriers to learning, and for pupils to actively take a role in developing better reactions to triggers.


  1. What is your understanding of emotional literacy?
  2. What learning challenges do you think a better understanding of emotional literacy can help with?
  3. Know thyself: How can understanding your reactions to particular situations be useful in the classroom, for both pupils and teachers?
  4. While everyone is different, what are the common trigger points for bad outcomes in your experience from your own classroom?
  5. What strategies have you used or seen to increase emotional literacy for learning?
  6. How can senior leaders, and the wider school community help individuals develop better emotional literacy?
  7. What role could technology play in developing better emotional literacy?
  8. What can teachers achieve by having a better emotional literacy of themselves?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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