Updated May 28, 2020
The following information is regarding Teacher Professional Development and Mindz student incursions for the remainder of 2020.
This information may change according to Government advice.
Teacher PD Australia-wide
- Pre-booked teachers’ PD can go ahead with consultation with the school principal or payment can be applied to sessions taking place at an agreed future date.
- In-school whole or part staff ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’ teacher PD courses will begin from the start of term 3, 2020. See HERE for info.
- The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to any teacher volunteer. Hand sanitizer will be used before each fitting.
- Sydney based ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’ courses for individual teachers or small staff groups will begin on July 7 and then take place on the first Tuesday evening of every month. See HERE for info. All precautions from point 3 above will apply.
School STEM incursions for all grades
- School stem sessions for all grades can recommence from the start of term 3, 2020.
- The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to any student volunteer.
- The facilitator will use hand sanitizer before each fitting.
- The presentation area must be 2 metres from the front row of students.
- Bookings or inquiries can be made HERE.
The Myth of Multitasking: Implications for teachers and their students
Phil Dye: Founder of Mindz Brainplay
In all of our teachers’ PD, student sessions or corporate experiences, we stress the irrefutable fact that multitasking, once the holy grail of workplace behavior, does NOT produce good results.
Our brain experiences electrical changes throughout the day depending on what we’re planning, thinking, doing, hearing or experiencing. The brain state needed for multitasking involves our brain cells (neurons) being high in electricity. This is called ‘Beta’ and it’s where we do many things at once yet do none of these exceptionally well. There is immense brain work involved in trying to juggle many things at once and it’s exceptionally tiring. Teachers know that all too well!
Unfortunately, multitasking does not allow the brain to move into ‘Theta’, the low-electrical brain state necessary for mistake-free work or learning. Learning and focus comes with no distraction or pressure. It comes with quiet or at least limited sound dynamics.
It doesn’t come naturally after 20 minutes of playground play, rugby training or jostling up the stairs to get to class. It will never exist with office PA announcements during class, the sound of jackhammers, students calling out or the distraction of mobile phones. Mobile phones on silent are even worse as students constantly check for possible messages. Mobile phones in a locker at least 10 metres from a smart watch is the only answer.
It also follows that a student’s brain state is often a reflection of the teacher’s brain state. If a teacher is relaxed, controlled and focused, a majority of the class will reflect that. If a teacher is pressured, distracted and stressed, the class will usually be the same – an impossible state for student learning and a terrible state for teaching job satisfaction.
Understanding the learning brain not only equips teachers with a toolbox for creating the best learning zone in students, it equips them with knowledge about their own brain state. Not covered in any teacher training course, it’s vital knowledge for today’s teacher.
Here are some helpful documents for teachers who have purchased the NeuroSky MindWave Mobile II or NeuroSky Sichiray Headset
Updated February 16, 2020
Document 1: An intro for teachers
Document 2: Understanding what you see
Document 3: Using the graph and meters
Document 4: Activities and experiments
A summary of points from ‘Understanding The Learning Brain’, a NESA and TQI Accredited presentation by Phil Dye . For more about the presenter, click HERE.
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- Brain basics and electricity: Click HERE
- Brain myths and research: Click HERE
- Getting to the Learning Brain: Click HERE
Phil Dye contact:
Phone: 0412 678 179
FACT or FALLACY?
Fact or Fallacy is strictly for Investigating Science Students.
Fact or Fallacy Students will conduct a series of mind-based EEG experiments to prove Fact or Fallacy on several common beliefs. A common belief is that lying down helps a person relax and creates ‘Theta’ brainwaves. Another belief is that heavy metal music creates ‘Beta or Gamma’ waves and cannot help a person relax. The session investigates these beliefs using our EEG headsets to see if they fit into the areas of Fact or Fallacy. We train the students on EEG use.
This investigation is different to the ‘Working Scientifically‘ session in that students don’t design their investigation. All guidance is supplied. For the full session outline, click HERE.
Outcome Points: (relevant to all the sciences)
11/12-1, 11/12-3, 12-5, 1/12-6, 12-7, 11/12-2
Group size: We can cater for up to 20 students in a research session. However, we only supply 2 x headsets and 2 x laptops for up to 10 students to use. Schools with more than 10 students in the session need to provide laptops or tablets for extra groups. They will also need to purchase 1 x headset per extra group at the cost of $240. We provide training and notes on their use. Most schools find these invaluable for use in further investigation or teaching students how to find their ‘learning state’.
For costs, syllabus points and extra information, click HERE.
To inquire or make a booking, see below…