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Primary School Wellbeing Pathway

 

an introduction to neuroscience for educators

Our Neuroscience for Educators workshop is the starting point for the Primary School Wellbeing Pathway. In this two-hour workshop, educators will be introduced to key neuroscience concepts and explore practical applications for the classroom. Focus is on supporting student wellbeing, building resilience, and helping to create a positive learning environment. Throughout the workshop participants will reflect upon their own teaching practice, considering the impact of the school environment and their own interactions and communication on students’ developing brains.

 

brain talks in the Classroom

Brain Talks in the Classroom are facilitated by the Pathways team across a whole school over a number of consecutive days. These talks give students and educators the opportunity to experience key concepts and strategies explored in An Introduction to Neuroscience for Educators. The information, strategies and resources introduced during this session can be embedded immediately as part of classroom routines. Brain Talks also model the lesson structure and way of working central to the Meet Your Brain! program.

 

Meet Your Brain!

The Meet Your Brain! program provides teachers in the lower and upper primary classroom with a picture book and a series of seven 30-minute lessons designed to build on An Introduction to Neuroscience for Educators and Brain Talks. Lessons incorporate strategies to calm and connect students, key questions are explored through creative, practical, hands-on learning experiences, and students learn tools for self-regulation that can be used and shared both inside and outside the classroom. 

 

trauma and attachment in the classroom

In this two-hour workshop, educators will gain a deeper understanding of the brain state associated with trauma, the impact of implicit memory on the ability of these children to feel safe, and adaptive behaviours that may present themselves in a school setting. Participants will be provided with strategies that can help to bring balance and safety to the experience of children who have been impacted by trauma or disrupted attachment and enable them to move from survival to learning.

 

an introduction to mindfulness

This two-hour experiential workshop builds on An Introduction to Neuroscience for Educators, by providing participants with tools and strategies to regulate themselves, increase their self-awareness and respond mindfully to daily challenges. Educators will gain an understanding of the ways in which a personal mindfulness practice can promote resilience and wellbeing, and help to build a positive learning environment. They will also explore ways to bring mindfulness into their daily lives.

 

an introduction to self-care

This two-hour interactive workshop explores the ways in which stress can impact brain function. Participants engage with reflective tools that enable them to develop both an awareness of the messages their body is communicating, and the impact of their thoughts and emotions on their wellbeing. They step through a number of processes, creative and cognitive, that can increase their capacity to regulate during stressful experiences, and explore short and long-term self-care strategies.

 

creating calm, connected classrooms

Our four-hour Creating Calm, Connected Classrooms workshop enables educators to build on their knowledge of neuroscience and further explore practical strategies for supporting wellbeing and building resilience in themselves and their students. They reflect deeply on the role they play in supporting the social and emotional development of their students by fostering the calm and connection needed for healthy brain functioning, modelling social and emotional skills, and coaching students as they practise those skills.

 

kaleidoscope of colour

This whole-day (6 hour) workshop supports educators to develop the knowledge and skills they need to deliver Kaleidoscope of Colour, a social and emotional wellbeing program for students in prep –year 3. Participants explore Kaleidoscope’s toolkit of regulating routines and habits designed to build calm attunement in the classroom. Implementation of the program builds students’ self-awareness, and their ability to express and regulate emotions, and notice the experience of others. It develops students’ capacity to problem-solve, and an awareness of their self-talk.

 

journey to the island of calm

This whole-day (6 hour) workshop supports educators to develop the knowledge and skills they need to deliver Journey to the Island of Calm, a social and emotional wellbeing program for students in years 4 – 7. Participants actively take part in the planned experiences central to the program, and reflect on how they can support their students to be the ‘Captains of Their Own Lives’. As they step into the fictional story and travel to theIsland of Calm, young people grow as learners who are confident in themselves and their own strengths, can direct and sustain their attention, express their own needs and feelings, develop empathy for others, and make informed decisions.

Game changing. Wish I had done this 20 years ago.

I feel better equipped to deal with students who experience dysregulation.

Engaging, informative, practical.

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