Welcome to the TSC Educational Neuroscience Resource Site! The goal of a Neuroscience Educator is to apply focused preventative applied educational neuroscience strategies to the classroom setting.
This site will be updated regularly and is intended to serve as a support for TSC's Educational Neuroscience initiative. As this page is a fluid document, please feel free to email any hints, tools, or tips that would contribute to the mission of social and emotional learning.
- "Where do I begin?"
- Book Recommendations
- External Professional Development Opportunities
- Neuroscience Education Rockstars
- Neuroscience Videos
- Brain Awareness Week
- Learning Links
- Educational Neuroscience: TSC Common Language
- Applied Educational Neuroscience In Action in the TSC
- Mindfulness Matters
TSC's Applied Educational Neuroscience "Scope & Sequence" for 2018-2019:
1. Teacher Brain State
Increase understanding of Applied Educational Neuroscience. #brainaligned #adversityresponsive
A dysregulated adult brain is not biologically able to regulate a dysregulated student.
PEOPLE CHANGE PEOPLE. This is not a curriculum, nor is there a program. This is a mindshift and a foundation for how we sit beside our students in relationship and development. "Be a thermostat, not a thermometer."
The most important brain state in the classroom is that of the teacher. This sets the stage for success of students in the classroom. We share neurobiology like a lending library! Attachment to adults is the prerequisite to learning from them. -D.Nibarger
2. Implementing the TSC Neuroscience Educator website as a resource
The information represented and linked on this site is intended to help educators (and anyone working with our TSC students) develop a passion, awareness of, and understanding for Applied Educational Neuroscience. In addition, the site lays the groundwork for TSC's common language to be adopted and implemented within classrooms in the district. Tools for applying educational neuroscience are layered throughout the site.
The Mindful Brain by Dan Siegel
Wabash Valley Education Center "The Brain, Behavior, Learning and Engagement" with Deanna Nibarger
Carol Dweck "Change your words, change your mindset"
Prefrontal Cortex: Where we do life. Cognitive, Emotional, Behavioral Functioning. Offline when faced with danger/fear/stress, etc. Communicates with words and spoken language. Moderates social behavior. Personality and decision making come from here.
Amygdala: The Emotional Brain. Fight, Flight, Freeze. Involved in fear and aggression. Prepares you for an emergency. Almond shape. Part of the Limbic System.
Calm Corner (TSC Common Language)
Hippocampus: Processing term memory and emotional responses. Formation of new memories and learning emotions. Part of Limbic System in each temporal lobe, seahorse shaped. Chronic stress causes increased levels of cortisol and adrenaline that damage and kill cells in the hippocampus. Frequent breaks boost attentiveness and maximize new learning.
Neuroplasticity: ability of the brain to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections through experiences. Brain's ability to make lasting change throughout an individual's life. Brain's capacity to change and adapt. The muscle building part of the brain=the things we do often, we become stronger at, and what we don't, fades away. We become what we think and do.
Focused Attention Practices: Focused Attention Practices: an exercise to quiet the thousands of thoughts that distract and frustrate us. Think: calm, quiet, predictable, part of our schedule and routine.
Examples of Focused Attention Practices (Mindfulness) can be found at the following listed below. There are numerous focused attention practices available! Other examples not listed below include: white noise, yoga, use of sound, touch, etc.
|Free Apps||Purchase Apps|
|Stop Breathe Think||Calm|
|Stop Breathe Think Kids||Calm (free for educators)|
|The Free Mindfulness Project|
PeaceOut:Relaxation for Kids via YouTube
Brain Intervals: Brain Intervals: quick opportunities to change up predictable routines of receiving incoming information. Think: active, reawaken, energy, movement. Rule of thumb is student age plus 2=get up and move.
Examples of Brain Interval videos are highlighted below. There are numerous brain interval activities available! Other examples not listed below include: riddles, hidden pictures, brain teasers, jokes, soduko, thumb war, crossing the midline games, YouTube, Playworks.org, GoNoodle, OriginsOnline.org, Pinterest, etc.
Credit: Anne LeClere, Avon Community Schools
Credit: K. Chesterman & Wea Ridge Elementary
The 90 Second Rule: When a person has a reaction to something in their environment, there’s a 90 second chemical process that happens in the body; after that, any remaining emotional response is just the person choosing to stay in that emotional loop.
Something happens in the external world and chemicals are flushed through your body which puts it on full alert. For those chemicals to totally flush out of the body it takes less than 90 seconds.
This means that for 90 seconds you can watch the process happening, you can feel it happening, and then you can watch it go away.
After that, if you continue to feel fear, anger, and so on, you need to look at the thoughts that you’re thinking that are re-stimulating the circuitry that is resulting in you having this physiological response over and over again. -Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Here is the web site that describes her professional work.
Building adversity responsive and educational neuroscience informed classrooms.