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Here is one model of the lesson plans Dr. Jean developed for Grade 7 students which provided a wealth of diversity with eighteen [18] different cultures. What a treat!


Background: Returning to the classroom a few years ago to pilot the Brain Science Curriculum developed by Jesse Payne, Educational Director of the Amen Clinics, inc. [Brain Science Curriculum: Making a Good Brain Great!] Newport   Beach, CA:  Amen Clinics, inc., afforded me firsthand that wonderful experience of interrelating with twenty-five (25) smiling faces.  I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Daniel Amen during conferences offered by Eric Jensen through the Jensen Learning Corporation.


Brain Science Curriculum – Session 1

 

The best feedback had already begun in Session 1 – so dear to a teacher’s heart when students are respected and have a Voice. I so loved this whole experience!

 

What a day; What a day; What a Marvellous Day!

 

Session 1 –

An Introduction to Your Brain and Your Life

 

Objectives

 

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the consistency of the brain and some of its main parts.
  • Using the Brain “Recipe” in this unit, students prepare a “brain in a bag” to use during Session 1 so they may teach parents what they have learned DAY 1.
  • Identify twelve “big ideas” about the brain (based on a presentation they will watch during the session).
  • Identify the “brain words” that are defined during the presentation.
  • Summarize stories in the news and current events that highlight the importance of the brain
  • Respond to an assessment to determine what they have learned about the brain so far.



Brain Science Curriculum – Session 1

 

The best feedback had already begun in Session 1 – so dear to a teacher’s heart when students are respected and have a Voice. I so loved this whole experience!

 

What a day; What a day; What a Marvellous Day!

 

Session 1 –

An Introduction to Your Brain and Your Life

 

Objectives

 

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the consistency of the brain and some of its main parts.
  • Using the Brain “Recipe” in this unit, students prepare a “brain in a bag” to use during Session 1 so they may teach parents what they have learned DAY 1.
  • Identify twelve “big ideas” about the brain (based on a presentation they will watch during the session).
  • Identify the “brain words” that are defined during the presentation.
  • Summarize stories in the news and current events that highlight the importance of the brain
  • Respond to an assessment to determine what they have learned about the brain so far.



Feedback – Day 1

 

Liked

  • Learning about the brain
  • Whole session because it’s lively
  • Making the brain texture
  • Mixing the ingredients and squishing the substance
  • Making ‘brain’ with my friends

 

Feedback – Day 1

 

Doing to learn

* Making up the texture

* Copying notes from the board

* Pair/share to music

* Learning about the lobes

* Listening that occipital lobe deals with vision

 

Need more explanation about:

* How the brain works

* Why we are working on the brain

* Meaning of some of the words

* What controls what

* More on how the brain works so well

 

 

How to improve session:

* More activities

* More fun

* Asking more questions

* Listening and paying attention

* Go slower

* More time to let info sink in

 

Students to improve session:

* Listening

* Participating more

* Reading over notes

* Concentrating on what is going on

 

 

 

* Learning brainy words

* Pair/share definitions

* Writing in our group

* Learning functions of the lobes

 

 

 

* How big is a baby’s brain

* More about axons

* Brain scans

 How the brain is forms

 

 

 

 

 

* More movement

* Students say what they do not understand

* Students being more quiet

* Nothing (like session as it is)

* Play more music

* More time to write

 

 

 

* Paying more attention

* Taking notes

* Bringing in my glasses

 

 

One word best describing learning today: 

–  Fun

–  Excellent

–  Not perfect but close

–  Mushy brain

–  Brain texture

 

–  Brain

–  Very good

–  Awesome

–  Great

–  Mushy

Brain “Recipe”

(from Pacific Science Center and the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle,  Washington)

Materials

1.5 cups (360 ml) instant potato flakes

2.5 cups (600 ml) hot water

2 cups (480 ml) clean sand

1 gallon ziplock-type bag

Procedure

Combine all ingredients in the ziplock bag and mix thoroughly.  It should weigh about 3 lbs. (1.35 kg) and have the consistency of a real brain.

 

Biographical Profile of Jean Seville Suffield, DNM

With her experience in business and the many years in educational administration, Dr. Jean has gained a wealth of knowledge and acquired innumerable strategies in working with people throughout the world with schools and leadership being close to her heart. Dr. Jean particularly enjoyed playing a key role in the 1st Glasser Quality School, Rochester School [Bogotá, Colombia] recognized by William Glasser International, Inc. Dr. Jean’s Certification in brain-based teaching and learning with the Jensen Learning Corporation, her work in Biofeedback, the Insight Genius on frequencies, Quantum Health and Wellness Coaching, and self-healing through the ©Brain, Soul Success System as a coach with Dr. Louise Swartswalter, have brought her to this moment in time to help at all levels of a community. You may reach Dr. Jean at jean@choice-makers.com/ to obtain more information. Her website is in progress but may be viewed at www.choice-makers.com to offer feedback. Check for her new programs which shall commence m January 2021. Stay tuned and in touch.