Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning—and Living
By The Hawn Foundation
This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help you extend the benefits of MindUP throughout your day, week, and year!
Includes a full-color, innovative teaching poster with fascinating facts about the brain!
The Day Ends
Just as you can help students greet a new day with eagerness and mindful purpose, so can you close the day with a similar spirit of purpose and celebration—your students will leave the classroom feeling calm yet energized. Eric Jensen, whose "brain-based" teaching has transformed teaching and learning in countless classrooms, explains, “Asking kids to visualize success on an upcoming skill or knowledge set is no ‘new Age’ strategy. When done well, mental practice is known not only to make physical changes in the brain but also to improve task performance (Pascual-Leone et al., 2005)” (2010). For example, a spirited and energetic cleanup of the room to some upbeat music can be followed by a regrouping for recapping the day's accomplishments, and a brief shared Core Practice before dismissal. The goal is to end the day on a high note!