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Neuroscience Education

Anne Marshall

Anne Marshall

Instructional Coach

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.

TSC State of Mind

"Where do I begin?"

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.

Book Recommendations

External Professional Development Opportunities

Neuroscience Education Rockstars

Neuroscience Videos

Brain Awareness Week

March 16-22, 2020 Celebrate Brain Awareness Week


Learning Links

Educational Neuroscience: TSC Common Language

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.

Amygdala Reset Room

We Are Teachers: The Wellness Way

Materials for Amygdala Reset Room

Calm Corner (TSC Common Language)

"Trauma Informed Practice"

Amygdala Reset: Washington Schools

Amygdala + Mindfulness Strategies

Dr. Lori on Amygdala Reset Spaces 

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.

Mindful Breathing Options

Cosmic Kids

Calm Down Bottles

Reusable Ice Cubes

Free Apps Purchase Apps


Smiling Mind


Stop Breathe Think


Stop Breathe Think Kids


Calm (free for educators)
Mindful Schools


The Free Mindfulness Project




websites: GoZen!


PeaceOut:Relaxation for Kids via YouTube

Relax and Breathe: Do Nothing for 10 minutes via YouTube

Five Finger Breathing

Early Mindfulness Practices: Laying a Foundation

The Tapping Solution

Focused Attention Practices Listed

Deanna's Focused Attention Practices

Sensory Bottle Recipe 

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,, GoNoodle,, Pinterest, etc.

Example! Example 2! Example 3! Example 4!

Teachers Pay Teachers

Applied Neuroscience Education in the TSC


More Intervals

Brain Intervals Examples  - Credit: Anne LeClere, Avon Community Schools


Brain Intervals Listed

Deanna's Brain Intervals

Brain Training - Credit: K. Chesterman & Wea Ridge Elementary

Brain Intervals and Focused Attention Practices - Credit: Sarah Robey

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.  from Developmental Designs


Building adversity responsive and educational neuroscience informed classrooms.

Applied Educational Neuroscience In Action in the TSC

Please visit the Shutterfly site housing all of the examples of Applied Educational Neuroscience happening in the TSC.

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Mindfulness Matters