27 Nov Brain Labs: Learning that Inspires Canadian Children
It is safe to assume that the vast majority of Canadian students know they need to learn their material in order to succeed. On the other hand only a small portion of students know how to effectively optimize their brains to prepare for information intake. According to neuroscientists and researchers students need to train their brains for specific forms of engagement. These forms of engagement range from curiosity and suspense to a bit of confusion and skepticism preps the brain to learn. Thus concluding that by linking emotional relationships into lesson plans and content can support long-term memory. This is why Canadian children should have the opportunity to learn about what’s inside their head in a brain lab.
What Is a Brain Lab? How Will It Help My Students?
A brain lab is a room within the school, (similar to a resource learning centre) in which students and teachers create. In a brain lab students will learn how to optimize their brains through neuroscience. Such activities can support students while they explore their thinking and feelings about specific topics that will help increase emotional engagement that will help to enhance their cognitive, emotional, and social wellbeinging. Students who learn the fundamental principles about neuroplasticity will be able to study new ways of memorizing and understand information better. Brain labs will also allow students to expand their viewpoint about their peers that were previously thought as annoying and negative.
You as an educator will find that a brain lab can improve a student’s academic achievements and standards by crossing disciplinary boundaries that students have placed within their mind. These brain labs can also be a place for students to help regroup and refocus on the tasks at hand.
The Social and Emotional Benefits of the Brain Lab
A well designed brain lab is inviting and encouraging for students will lead to the best results. Giving students the ability to choose what they want to study so they can enhance their social and emotional skills. The lab should be a relaxing place for students to refocus and become quiet. Children and teenagers who quiet their minds practice self-reflection boost their cognitive ability to pay closer attention and regulate their emotions. This type of skill building can be aided by several resources such as comfortable seating, ergonomic furniture, fun colours (too boost emotions), and surprisingly the scent of peppermint.
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