In a post for Faculty Focus, instructional designer Flower Darby from Northern Arizona University describes the power of emotions in learning. An excerpt:

We connect, understand, and remember things much more deeply when our emotions are involved. Just think about the impact of seeing a photo of a wounded refugee child, as opposed to reading a fact-filled analysis of the crisis itself.

So, if emotions have this much ability to affect our understanding, why try to keep them out of our classrooms? It just doesn’t make sense.

Read the full post, including a reference to a book-length treatment of the subject at