Emotional environment in a classroom

Jane M. Healy, PhD Educational Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how their child's learning ability is closely linked to their emotional environment
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Emotional environment in a classroom

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We tend to underestimate the importance of the emotional environment in a classroom. This is very critical for parents to understand, because a child's emotional brain centers, which are located underneath the thinking parts of the brain, actually are responsible for activating and feeding messages up to the memory centers, up to the higher thinking centers. So if a child is upset in school – emotionally upset, either because of something that happened at home or because of something that's going on in the classroom, we probably can expect that they're not going to be at maximum learning potential. So parents, remember that you may need to be an advocate for your child at the emotional level as well as just the thinking and reasoning levels.

Jane M. Healy, PhD Educational Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how their child's learning ability is closely linked to their emotional environment

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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