Understanding Children’s Mood and Affect

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Every teacher and educator knows the behavior and learning of children and teens are impacted by their moods. From irritability to anxiety to sadness, moods can alter the interactions among students, peers and teachers. This HSWOW webinar offers an understanding of common moods that can be challenging to students and educators, and provides guidelines for how they can be recognized and addressed. The role of the teacher and environmental stimuli in contributing to difficult student moods as well as techniques for helping children shift from unproductive to healthier moods will be discussed. Tools for teaching children to recognize and modulate their own moods will be included, along with reflective practices to prevent teachers’ moods, beliefs and expectations from escalating challenging moods.

Dr. Rona Novick

Rona Novick, PhD, Co-Educational Director of Hidden Sparks, is the Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values. She holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Child Psychology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center.