How to use simple psychology to improve learning: no Jedi mind tricks here

I remember when I was thirteen or maybe even a little younger, I went to the movies with my cousin and uncle. We went to go see the movie “Twister.” Before I continue with this story, there is something that you need to know about me. I am extremely sensitive to movies. I get completely caught up in the whole experience. When I was little I cried in “Homeward Bound”. In 2013 as an adult, I walked out of the movie “Gravity” because I was having too much anxiety.
Well, “Twister” was no different. My parents had given me a five-dollar bill for snacks and by the end of the movie, I had two ends to that five-dollar bill.

What made me tense up so much that I would rip money in half?
The answer is mirror neurons.

What are mirror neurons?

When you see a sad movie, you cry. When you see a funny movie, you laugh. When you see an action-filled movie, you get tense. It’s called empathy.
Empathy is feeling what someone else is feeling. The science behind empathy is mirror neurons. When someone is sad, you become sad too. If they smile, you smile back. If you see someone get injured, you might reach for the area on your body where they were injured.


Your eyes see something and send a signal to your brain. Your brain is so connected with the signals it receives, that the same brain pattern that is happening to the person you are watching actually shows up in your brain too and causes you to react similarly.

You create an experience

As a result, whenever you enter a room, you can use science to create an experience in that room and specifically in the classroom. When you enter your classroom you can create an experience based on the energy that you bring to the classroom. The choice is yours. If you walk into the classroom and you are low energy, then your students are going to reflect that.
If you are high energy and you smile, then your students are going to reflect that as well.
It is simple biology.
So, my challenge for all of us. Is to spread happiness.
Smile more. Laugh more. Be high energy.

It’s Instinct

You have heard that laughter is contagious. You can use that to your advantage. Again it is all biology. Some of the students obviously are going to resist your high energy, but the majority of them, have strong empathy built into their brains. When they see that you are smiling and that you are happy, they will become that way too out of pure instinct.


If your students are happy, they are in the best state for learning. If they are anxious or tired, they will not remember your lesson.
So use science in your favor and choose to spread happiness.
The article today was taken from reading and research that I do on a regular basis. This specific information came largely from the books “Broadcasting Happiness” by Michelle Gielan and “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor.
Thanks.
Illustrated by Paul Ellsworth.

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