Top picks for : Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Please note ALL classes are designed to integrate different aspects of each topic.
Music and the Brain: it builds learning networks, health, even kindness
Music not only excites and electrifies, it produces and orchestrates neural functionality. Just listening synchronizes brainwaves, the nervous system, pain tolerance, mood, and your immune system. Musicians have sophisticated neural networks like tracks of the railroads. It grows more mass in the brain (especially the hippocampus), boosts cognition, linguistics, spatial rotation, social interaction, & empathy. It’s not too late either, MRIs show brain activity changes in non-musicians as soon as they began. Another showed personality changes to empathy when the MRI compared activity changes after 6 weeks when compared to the first session. Accelerate learning with strategies you can use now.
Gender & the Brain : Males and Females are Different and It Is More than you Think
Spatial reasoning and math scores vary by sex but only in countries that discriminate. Once you understand what happens in the brain when faced with stereotype threat you can use the strategies to neutralize them. Equity depends on training how words and activities can impair processing. From walking out of a fight, to reading faces, to raising your voice, behaviors can have the opposite effect and meaning for a male and female. In settings where preferences for moving and talking may be the difference in academic and behavioral success learning the science is a must! Neurology, hormones, and culture work together for the sometimes-hilarious opposites.
“In the Zone” A Must-Have for Peak Performance
Some things come easily, most take effort and being the best does not always guarantee a win. The best of the best spends years training, practicing precise and technical execution to get it right when it matters. No matter how good, the win always goes to the one with the best mental game. The thrill of victory or agony of defeat comes from training the neural pathway to protect against a tailspin in the clutch. Science shows us what triggers it, how to counter it and the strategies are simple. Using this training is key for peak performance in sports, and for being a champion in the real world where bias and belief systems can trigger underperformance. Practices that take minutes or seconds can mean the difference between great success and failure.
Motivation and the Brain: 3 things males need, and the 3 females need
If you have ever asked yourself, why do they do that–this is for you. By now you realize they are different because of your experience in your life. Scientific evidence shows functional integration depending on sex drives behavior. Understanding small differences can bring long overdue social change when we use the findings. Both sexes can benefit and the result is increased innovation, interpersonal skills, engages and prevents misunderstandings. The 3 things inspire and motivate males and females but without them we have divorces, higher depression rates, substance use and more. They are engaging, fun, easy and they are not the same!
Essentials, Life and DNA How We Damage it and How to Fix it
Even minor stress can change our behaviors, personality, and immune system radically. The good news is there are things you can do to lower that cortisol so can get back to your best self. Compelling evidence shows certain things stop the damage and actually repair damage within days. Things like music, water, play, fasting, foods you choose, even the darkness of your bedroom seem to work miracles. This is my FAVORITE presentation because over time people report back that their migraines stopped, they lost weight, improved their marriage, and no longer need to retire!
The Top Ten Things Everyone with a Brain Needs to Know
Understanding why we must perceive meaning in life at home and at work, and understanding why even an hour less of sleep, and understanding why eating food you prepare instead of food you purchased will change your life. Imagine that you knew what listening to music or playing an instrument did to support the ability to learn, to heal, to move. This type of training is the science of what builds neural pathways and enhance our performance in math, language, compassion, inclusion and equity. Changes happen fast, unconscious and as if by magic. What you will learn is powerful, reduces depression, increases energy and feelings of hope.
Note: Client tailor their topics, these are the best but can add to topics requested.
Mental health, relationships and behaviors
The experts in mental health have totally missed the mark. You cannot wait until there are symptoms to recognize. The only factor that matters for mental health is to protect it before it wanes. Forget everything you knew, there are 5 things in our daily lives that sustain our energy that drives mental health. The problem is the most common behaviors you do every day threatens it. Simple things like flipping on a light switch can put you at risk for disease and addictive behaviors. Light lowers our defense against properties that trigger anxiety and depression. You must know the science behind it though or putting down a phone and closing the electronic devices will never happen.
Complex Moves as therapy for cognition, trauma and even social skills
Not all movements are equitable, the evidence shows us the more complex and challenging, the more therapeutic. While all physical activity fuels our cognition using our balance has exponential benefit. In 2 groups of subjects considered “unfit” with as little as 2 to 3 sessions the group with complex movements increased spatial reasoning and more mass in the hippocampus, while the group with aerobics took 6 months to show the improvement. This type of movement predicts academic achievement and intellectual ability throughout your lifespan.
Learning in Motion: why play could be the answer
Play increases energy almost instantly, increases productivity, improves moods and behavior. This type of movement and recreational activities have a significantly greater impact on happiness than any other. Unlike organized sports, it lowers feelings of pressure to perform but “forces” focus in present time (the healing mindful state). The feeling of joy comes from the resulting increase in endogenous opioids. Those chemicals lower cortisol, increase reward sensation and allow the brain to maintain moods including diminishing anxieties. Add 3 minutes of play into any 20-minute segment of training and watch what happens to learning and attitude, I promise you’ll never go back.
Relationships Predict Success: It is the Key to Mental Health and Longevity
Our social skills are a holy grail for almost all success, interpersonal skills and respecting emotions are the key. The truth is there are reasons we like people and reasons people like us; that means there are factors, underlying secrets, to allow us to build them at work, school and life. Our life with others impacts mood, intelligence, health, even problem-solving. Tips for getting-along promote sales and business deals, and personal happiness, what the opposite sex truly values!
Happiness, Gratitude, and the Brain
What if we could train ourselves to be happy? Would you do it? Happy people are more productive, healthy, and active, save more money and have significantly more joy in relationships. Forty years of research on positivity has revealed a path no longer reserved for the lucky. No matter what life event or personality trait, daily actions especially gratitude can take us from ordinary and despair to a state of happiness. You will love what it looks like in the brain.
Hands-on: It Increases Innovation, Creativity and Mental Health
Using your hands and fingers builds the network supporting IQ, the more sophisticated and complex, the higher our intelligence. Building and assembling and problem-solving require functional integration that underlies superior cognition. More complex work also correlates with decreased depression symptoms, increased motivation and personal engagement especially important for parents and educators to know. Better our eye-hand coordination means better health, innovation and intelligence.
Willpower and the Brain
Your willpower determines everything you do, all your choices and ultimately lifetime success and failure. In a landmark experiment, children given the choice of eating one treat immediately or two treats in 10 minutes showed us how to measure our self-discipline. Every day we begin with a limited amount; that means a hard day depletes the supply leaving less for the end of the day. Thankfully, we now know how to build, replenish, and harness this ability. Like our muscles, the more you use it the better it gets. If you want to lead the life you have always wanted, you will love this presentation.
Synchronicity: Ever wonder what your life could have been? My Clients Favorite
If you work a little more than you wanted, are a little more anxious than you wanted, if your mind races, if you want to feel more content…this is for you! This is a retreat-like experience that brings calm and balance at home, and at work. If research showed 6 things you do every day could bring peak performance and balance to your life, would you do them? Without balance, sleep and nutrition, relationships and family, physical and mental health are short-lived. If so, reset immediately–I hear changes begin within hours. Even simple changes can return your power. What is the life you imagined?
Memory and the Brain: your habits build your memory number, like a credit score
How do you talk about your memory; think it’s good or terrible? Which fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? How many hours of sleep, and how dark? Your habits are the behaviors dictating working memory, (may be 50-70% of our intelligence.) Finally, evidence shows even a few changes improve recall, and allow you to remember why you entered the room, and I love to see clients increase their memory number! You’ll get the 3 most powerful strategies for learning and ironically, requires less effort in making them. No need to fear neurodegenerative disorders, daily habits will protect you.
Hollywood, PlayStation and the Brain: use it to engage and maximize learning
Love them or hate them, watching movies/ playing games allow us to learn at light-speed. That means, using them as a tool in teaching is a no-brainer. Every day we see how the medium dictates what we believe and how it influences behavior for better and for worse. Our future is dependent upon the “viewers” learning how to verify accuracy, and the future of learning depends upon the willingness to harness what engages. I don’t like that this is better than traditional, but if we use it they get it faster we we maximize instruction time. Writing, reading, math, speaking using games/TV/movie/documentary could revolutionize learning!
Laughter and the Brain: increase your likeability, pain threshold, and recall
I love to laugh! Why was I surprised that funny material increased recall? Just expecting something to be funny, the minute or two anticipating increases chemicals driving attention and memory. The endogenous opioids are our feelings of happiness and boost the immune system (looking into a phone diminishes). No need to become a comedian, you are already working hard, go get humor…find what is funny! Lace it into homelife and work because hilarious from a movie, from the funniest videos online, sections of a funny book, from a cartoon/illustration make life easier. The power of looking for funny, sharing stories that are funny, all increase the release those endogenous opioids that sustain mental health and physical health.
Homework Reduces Innovation and Mental Health and Puts Society at Risk
The researcher who recommends ten minutes nightly per grade never found evidence to support it. That researcher, Harris Cooper found the opposite, “there is no evidence that homework improves academic performance.” The tragedy is homework has caused good parents to force children to stop activities that are evidence-based, like time playing, outside, time talking and interacting with people and a bedtime. The academic benefits come when we eat dinner with the family, maintain a bedtime routine, engage in music training, read a book by choice! No need to nag or grade traditional homework, instead know what actually works. You will change your life, your student’s and each parent’s life!
Fitness and the Brain: a few minutes of vigor fuels memory and the best behavior
We all possess the choice to engage in behaviors that increase fitness. Evidence shows even a single bout boosts cognition at every age and stimulates neural circuitry underlying executive function. It drives intelligence, speeds learning, counters aging and stress. The exercise stimulates dopamine production key to information processing and moods. The “bout” brings appropriate behavior, can repair cognitive and social deficits. Fitness spikes short-term memory, math performance, and reading comprehension. It magically transforms you from bored into an energized mood and can repair damage from stress and aging. Don’t overthink apathy, think of an exercise.
Real world projects and the brain
Forget about using texts and traditional material to teach your content, breathe energy into your work and capitalize on real life. Use events of the world to create a relevant experience and design meaningful, real projects people with a brain want to know about! Regardless of what you teach, from math to social studies, even the specials have to use the real world to engage our largely apathetic audience, especially post-pandemic-forced-me-to-think-online-hybrid-instructing! Class offers ideas, resources and time to design real projects and activities that ignite a passion to act!