I’ve been a teacher for years but more importantly I’m a single mom. The information, strategies, and applications that are depicted in my classes are all things that I use for myself and in my parenting.
My main goal in life is to share this life-changing information with as many teachers, parents and humans that will listen.
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Originally, these classes were for teacher and faculty development – now I realize this information will also change and enhance the lives of parents as well.
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“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.
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.
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!
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.
Happiness, Gratitude, & 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.
Memory & 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 & 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!
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.
Music & 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.
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!