Mindz has three different programs to help schools or teacher groups use current neuroscience knowledge to assist their students.
- A 3-hour Teacher Professional Development course entitled ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’. Facilitator: Phil Dye The Mindz flagship course is called ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’. It includes training in EEG use and is endorsed by NESA for teachers accredited at proficient level. The course is for any teacher interested in understanding the neuroscience of learning. The information is up-to-date, practical and user-friendly.
Electroencephalograph (EEG) use
The EEG is a completely safe tool used to look inside a person’s brain. It is non-invasive and only reads signals emitted from the brain. It’s an incredibly useful tool for understanding the best brain state for learning. Teachers will get to use an EEG to look at their brain and receive small group or individual instruction on fitting and ethical use.
It’s also for teachers interested in using the EEG to assist students with anxiety or stress induced ADHD.
The course will contribute 2 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.2.2, 3.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Teachers from other states should check with their relevant department. With a break, the course will run for 3 hours. The course can be delivered to up to 25 staff members yet only 8 teacher ‘demonstrators’ will get to look inside their brain during the presentation. Teachers who didn’t act as ‘demonstrators’ will need an extra 15-30 minute individual or small group session on EEG fitting, ethics and reading.
- A full day seminar. This includes ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’ yet with two additional parts. Facilitator: Phil Dye +Additional Part 1. Whole school changes that can enhance student learning
This involves often controversial changes that can contribute to learning. Included is the research on mobile phone and device use by students, reversing the lunch-play order and suggested brain-breaks for students during lessons.
Additional Part 2. Individual or small group guidance for teachers of specific students or groups of students.
Some students or groups will need specific guidance from their teacher when it comes to EEG use. An hour is given to teachers who teach those with special needs.
- Consultancy based on a half or full day. This involves visiting your school to look at issues where current neuroscience knowledge can assist. Facilitator: Staff relevant to your needs.Consultancy can be to certain staff groups, departments or individual teachers. We will discuss your school needs fully before any consultancy begins. We make it clear that this revolves around learning and not behaviour. While the two are linked, our advice is relevant to learning improvement.
- A 3-hour Teacher Professional Development course entitled ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’. Facilitator: Phil Dye
An exciting tool to demonstrate to students the power of their thoughts. Where they can learn how their brain responds to various stimulus as they play, focus, listen or meditate and build their concentration skills. Dottie Naszka Floraville Public School
It was a great experience that provided some engaging practical activities that I am already looking at including in my programming. It was presented exceptionally well and provided some great example activities to get started on.
Christopher Burke: Homebush Boys HS
Enjoyed the experience, was interesting to see how the brain worked & putting theory into practice.
Kate Herwig: Lisarow PS