“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie

I am currently writing a book for University of Nebraska Press on the role of emotions in the classroom. It will be part of James Lang‘s series on teaching and learning in higher education, which you can read more about here.

In the book, I will first make the argument that understanding the emotional forces that underpin student motivation and learning can transform our efforts to inspire and instruct. Next I’ll illustrate how we can harness the motivational power of emotions by sharing concrete examples of activities/assignments that target a series of specific affective states.

These states are: confusion and curiosity, awe, humor, social emotions (socially-evoked sadness, empathy, outrage), and happiness/flow.

This is where I need your help!

I’d like to use examples from a variety of disciplines, so if you are willing to share examples of activities/assignments/experiences that evoked these affective states, I’d be ever grateful. The focus will be on the higher ed classroom, but I welcome examples from secondary education (or even business/industry).

Here is a link to an official survey, but also feel free to tweet (@SaRoseCav), email (sarahDOTroseDOTcavanaghATgmailDOTcom), or Facebook me individual stories, or to fill out the form below (results will be sent to me) if you like those options better!

Thanks so much, and any sharing you can do of this link is also greatly appreciated.



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