Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

 Teacher Only Day 31 Jan 2018

Brain 4 (Cortex) empathy, control, literacy - starts at age 7

Brain 3 (Limbic) Emotion (disposition - attitudes and beliefs). Disposition towards yourself as a learner

Brain 2 (Midbrain) Movement

Brain 1 (Brainstem) heart, fight flight freeze, basic body functions

Brains have to be built from the bottom up

Survival brain is always in charge
You only learn if your brain stem allows you to listen
To use your cortex, your brainstem must be calm.  

Release endorphins to make you feel emotionally safe - creates neuroplasticity 
  • Singing - tells your brain you must be feeling good and relaxed
  • Movement
  • Laughter

Brain 1 - Dyad - importance of making strong connections with students.  Helping them to feel relaxed, comfortable, happy.  Kids have to feel safe before they are in a position to learn - or do anything else.  Safety trumps all (earthquake metaphor)

Brain 2 - Movement Rhythmic Patterning - (singing, pattern, routine, kapa haka, skipping).  Kids aren't designed to sit still.

Brain 3 - Emotion - an emotional sense that we can do it.  Cultural validation. Self esteem.  Dispostions


Things we can do differently or more:
  • More singing, music
  • Patterning
  • Cultural validation
  • Slow things down while they're clearly agitated
  • Bring back fun start to the day - PE? Nga hui?
  • Kids aren't designed to sit still - frequent breaks? PE first? Standing desks

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