Dr. Eugenius Ang, Yale Neurobiologist Cross Squat Breathing Technique improves memory, mental clarity and focus
Cross Squat Breathing Technique Stand with feet shoulder distance apart, toes pointing forward. Hold both earlobes with arms crossed Over chest, right arm on top. Do a squat going as low as you can. Breathe in through your nose. Stand up, breathe out through your mouth. Repeat 12-20x.
Play The right movements can stimulate and activate all brain subsystems while building and opening neural pathways, enhancing ability to take in, process, and express information
GAMES As students interact with each other, they develop their relationships and trust levels with each other, enhance communication, improve cooperation, and achieve a sense of unity.
Mirror Neurons Neuroscientist, Marco Iacoboni (UCLA) suggests that mirror neuron systems in the human brain help us understand the actions and intentions of other people and for learning new skills by imitation.
GAMES teach how to Plan moves by examining many possibilities Think about consequences of action Pay attention Visualize future moves Plan ahead more than one step at a time
Zoom Stand in a circle. One person starts the game by looking left or right and says, “Zoom!”. “Zoom” is repeated in the same direction until someone puts on the brakes by saying, “Eek!”. “Eek” reverses the direction.
Brain Systems Prefrontal cortex Anterior cingulate gyrus Deep limbic system Basal ganglia Temporal lobes Cerebellum – balance
Neurotransmitters Dopamine : learning, motivation, attention, movement Serotonin : helps keep brain activity under control, influences mood, impulsivity, anger and aggressiveness Norepinephrine : amplifies signals that influence attention, perception, motivation and arousal Glutamate : stirs up activity; is responsible for neurons firing together, wiring together GABA : clamps down on activity
BDNF What makes us move is what makes us think.
Aerobic Exercise 12 minutes a day Rebalances neurotransmitters and raises BDNF Jean Blaydes
Making A Good Brain Great Dr. Daniel Amen The best sources of stimulation for the brain are: physical exercise mental exercise social bonding
So Each May Learn Dr. Harvey Silver 4 A’s Attention
Foundation Skills Foundational skills like memorizing enable higher order thinking and deeper insight because they free students from having to use cognitive processing capacity in more basic calculations. The more proficient you are at lower-order skills, the more proficient your become at higher order skills. Doug Lemov Teach Like a Champion
Impact on Student Achievement Order of Highest to Lowest impact Mastery learning Homework Teacher clarity Feedback/ F/S assessment Aims & policies of the school Peer tutoring Teacher-student relationships Expectations by students
Best Predictor of Student Success Reading scores Motivation level Math scores Attitude Working memory
Working Memory Reflects your ability to hold information in memory while doing something else at the same time. Choke What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To Sian Beilock
Brain Speed Exercise is the antidote to brain stress. Play games like Jeopardy, Concentration, Memory, Boggle Work puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku. Do mental math. Memorize poems. Make ABC lists. Read. Practice Speed Stacking Exercise Think Fast!!!
High Return Achievement Factors S________________ E______________________ Hope and Growth Mindset F____________________ Relationships T__________________ S____________
What is the greatest motivator in the workplace? Recognition for good work Incentives for work well done Management support Interpersonal support Clear achievable goals Making progress
Movement Programs Infinity Walk Dr. Deborah Sunbeck Brain Gym Gail and Paul Dennison S’Cool Moves Deb Wilson Minds In Motion Candance Meyer
Information in the Digital Age Tacit KnowledgeExplicit Knowledge Can’t be written downcan be written down Ability to speak a languageIdentify vocabulary Requires extensive personalwords and symbols contact, regular interaction Based on beliefs, ideals, values, Mental models Observation, imitation Know howknow why, what, who
Play Station Nation There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, Or for many years or stretching cycles of years. Walt Whitman
Apprenticeships What today’s students lack is practical experience. Experience shapes the brain. Development plays a role.
Earthing The images here were taken only thirty minutes apart - before (left) and after grounding (right). They illustrate a rapid resolution of inflammation and help explain the impact of Earthing on chronic pain, stiffness, and a variety of symptoms. Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Earthing When you are grounded, there is a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body. They are probably the most potent antioxidants known to man. Beneficial changes in heart rate Decreases levels of inflammation Dr. James Oschman
Note Making the ability to collect, organize and manage information from the text Re-work notes and text into one “whole”. #1 Skill for Learning
Note Making Spend more time actively reciting and less time just re-reading. Reciting is one of the most powerful ways to learn and remember. Constantly practice restating, repeating, putting into your own words what you’ve just learned forcing the left and right brain to work together.
What Color Is Your Brain? Sheila N. Glazov Yellow have to Bluelove to Greenneed to Orangewant to
Point of View We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.
Modalities EYE MOVEMENTS VISUAL AUDITORY KINESTHETIC SeeHear/SayDo up, rightlevel, rightdown, right up, leftlevel, left straightdown, left closed Straight down
Blur 6 Steps 1. Name the type of content. 2. Is the content complete? 3. Who or what are the sources? 4. What evidence is presented? 5. What might be another explanation? 6. Am I learning what I need to learn?
Nutritionally Speaking Diet provides the fuel for the brain to work. Eat breakfast! Eating protein in the first ½ hr of getting up evens out the blood sugar for the whole day.
The Crazy Makers 1821 sugar consumption averaged 10 lbs. per person per year 1993 averaged 147 lbs. sugar and 50 lbs of noncaloric sweetener 2003 174 lbs. per person per year The influence of a high sugar diet on brain chemistry: hyperactivity, depression, inability to focus and concentrate
8 HOURS Healthy SLEEP Dropping below - 2x the rate of Clinical depression Moodiness Impulsiveness Disengagement
Sleep Cycles 490 minute cycles superficial to deep At least 7 hours a night Delta Deep Dark
Sleep Trouble falling asleep, tossing and turning, waking and falling back asleep, getting up two, three or four times a night to urinate, being startled awake by some minor noise and other sleep problems could be indicative of a nutritional deficiency that allows susceptibility to the things that commonly wake you up or keep you awake at night. Often it is a mineral deficiency. Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.