(Note: This is the second part of a multi-part series of blog posts, which break down my 2014 Faculty Conference presentation and add in the "deleted scenes." You can view the first post at the following link: http://onlineinstruction.ning.com/profiles/blogs/humans-in-the-machine-distance-learning-from-the-divine)
My husband is a licensed therapist, so as I've read through the literature from his field that is all around our house, I have noticed many experts quoting the World Health Organization's report that "current predictions indicate that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disease burden globally," so handling human emotions with care is a concern/focus of mine.
My question for everyone in this community:
What activities/strategies have helped you to lift, encourage, or ameliorate the emotions/feelings of students who initially approach you with feelings of frustration, anger, or anxiety about their school work?