116- Emotional Intelligence:  

how emotions influence our classroom


Upcoming sessions:

  • 116-1/2023: 22-27.05.2023

Price: 480€ (Included course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation)

Location: Madrid (Spain)

Course organizer: CFAE Centro-Oeste

 Number of participants: 20 

 Certification on completion: Yes 

 Language: English 


Life is a continuum of emotions of varying intensity and we must learn to recognize them and to improve our daily experiences with them. In some circumstances it is important to be able to control and manage them, especially when we set goals, such as educational ones, both as teachers and as pupils. Various studies have shown the critical function emotions play in the learning and teaching process. In our society, the evolution of contents and skills is fast and constant, and technology, such as virtual reality, opens up fields that are difficult to predict. Due to it, the knowledge and management of emotional resources will play a decisive role in the future of the students, maybe more than contents. With the help of education experts, this seminar aims to explain what emotions are and how they are involved in the teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to join practical classes centred on emotions and learn how to transfer these practices and knowledge into our educational activity.


Attending the seminar, the participants will be able to understand the ecology of emotions in regards to their previous but also to their future experiences; to master the most common affecting events occurring in classroom; to understand how emotions affect precise moments of students’ learning and the educational trajectory from early years to university.


The impact that emotions have on learners’ motivation, auto-regulation and academic achievements will be illustrated and questions like the following will be answered: What is the emotional flow? What emotions occur when we give a class in a laboratory or go on excursion with students, and how do emotions influence the experience? Students change their emotional attitudes on learning, according to teachers’ proposals, therefore teachers need to know their resources and tools to master students’ emotions, and to lead them in the learning process. Thus, the evolution of the emotions’ research and the most important theories, from Darwin to Ekman (Facial Expression Analysis) to the last theory of “Constructed Emotion” (Barrett) will be illustrated with the use of practical examples.


The participants will enjoy a visit to the National Museum of Natural Science of Spain, situated in the center of Madrid, by the Paseo de la Castellana, managed by the Spanish National Research Council, and to the Teachers’ Training Center, Faculty of Education, Complutense University of Madrid.


Trainers will be in contact with the participants in order to solve any questions or doubts and provide advice on accommodation, airports, airlines etc. They will also familiarize participants with the website of the seminars (https://www.learntoteacheu.org/) which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.



  • Arrivals

  • Meeting and getting to know each other (ice breaking activities)

  • Course information (aims, concept, summary of activities)



  • Conference: Emotional Intelligence; Are emotions real in classroom? How emotions influence teaching and learning; How our brain works in learning.

  • Workshop: Your previous experiences involving emotions in class.

  • Workshop: “The black box”, Mastery of emotions in class.



  • Visit to the National Museum of Natural Science of Spain, situated in the center of Madrid, which conducts activities aiming to promote a greater awareness of the diversity of the natural world.

  • Conference: Misconceptions, what they are, and how they affect teaching and learning.

  • Workshop: Misconceptions and Cognitive breach; How to master and anticipate misconceptions in class.


  • Practice in classroom: visit to either Primary/Secondary School or University.

  • Conference: Facial Expressions (Ekman’s theory)

  • Workshop: Facial Expressions Analysis by iMotions.



  • Conference: Constructed Emotion theory (Barrett).

  • Meeting: Emotional Flow and its meaning; Optimize and exploit the Flow.

  • Meeting: Bring mastery of emotions back to your classroom.

  • Workshop. “Course portfolio: participants contribution”.


  • Reflections/Summary of the course

  • Certificates

  • Departures

*The programme is subjected to changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Places to visit

Arts, cultural studies, ethics, philosophy, Communication skills, History, social science, economics, geography, Informatics, coding, digital learning, media literacy, Intercultural education, migration, Pedagogy and didactics

Key competences
  • Civic

  • Cultural awareness and expression

  • Mathematical, science, technology and engineering

  • Personal, social and learning

Target audience
  • Teachers & school staff: primary level;

  • Teachers & school staff: secondary level;

  • Teachers & school staff: special needs

  • Recent graduates / Students

  • School management

  • Other

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