A summary of points from ‘Understanding The Learning Brain’, a TQI Accredited session for teachers by Phil Dye . For more about the presenter, click HERE.
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Updated April 6, 2021
School STEM incursions for all grades
- School stem sessions for all grades will re-start from February 1, 2021.
- Bookings or inquiries can be made HERE.
- As a health worker, Phil Dye is vaccinated with the Pfizer Covid vaccine.
* There will be a distance of 2.5metres between the presenter and the first row of students.
*The presenter will wear a mask and use sanitiser before fitting headsets.
*Students being fitted with a headset must also wear their own mask
- Bookings for 2021 school-based (on-site) face-to-face teacher PD can now be accepted.
- To request a date for off-site teacher PD or make an inquiry for 2021 on-site PD, click HERE.
*There must be a 2.5 metre distance between the presenter and the first row of teachers.
*The presenter will wear a mask and use sanitiser when fitting headsets.
*Teachers being fitted with a headset must also wear their own mask.
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
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’.
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