The YESS Institute at Shaw Heights Middle School

The YESS Institute at Shaw Heights Middle School

This past week in YESS we got into another awesome 3-D art project with our scholars. In keeping with our recent discussions on Emo Trolls, Hot Buttons, and anger, we talked more this past week about emotions and moods (and how they differ). We noted that while an emotion tends to be triggered by an event or action, moods are bit more difficult to pin down.They tend to be longer lasting than emotions, and often we wake to find we are in a “weird mood” or a “great mood” for no apparent reason. We also discussed how emotions can affect our moods, and how to better understand when this is happening so that we can better control our moods.

Once we began discussing core emotions, our scholars got to pick from a list of emotions for their project. Each mentor/mentee pair is allowed to pick whichever emotion they connect with most. The list included: Love, Joy, Surprise/Wonder, Anger, Sadness, Fear, Jealousy, Shame/Guilt, Disgust, Confusion, and Anxiety, Many of our scholars asked to do two different emotions as they wanted to compare and contrast ones such as joy and anger, or sadness and love. It has been so interesting to witness which emotions our scholars choose and how they decide to bring that emotion to life with cardboard, colored paper, glitter, feathers, pipe cleaners, and glue. These projects are the culmination of our unit entitled, “Problem-Solving.”