A WEEK BY WEEK SNEAKY PEEK
Week 1: Our 3 Brains!
Your brain is the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built. It’s the one thing that makes you, you! Your brain is mission control for the rest of your body. It sits in the driver’s seat and steers you through life. Welcome to the 3 main parts of your brain!
Week 2: Firing & Wiring!
Our emotional system has a huge job in wiring together nerve cells and therefore creating who we are. In our brains we have approximately 80 billion nerve cells, called neurons, which fire together creating memories. We not only create memories for ourselves but we also create memories in other people’s brains by what we say and how we behave.
Week 3: The Amygdala & Our Emotions
Emotions are very useful because they influence the way we behave. If we are afraid, we try and get away from the danger. If we feel happy we relax. While our ancestors relied on their emotions to help them stay alive, today we can use emotions to help us manage and plan our lives.
Week 4: The Reptile Brain & Survival
The Reptile brain keeps the heart beating and the lungs breathing and the muscles moving. As well as keeping us alive through our bodily functions, it is also linked to our Amygdala – our emotions and our ‘flight or fight’ reaction – hit or run! We look at how our bodies react when angry, fearful and anxious.
Week 5: Resilience
To build resilience, one needs to concentrate on building confidence and self-esteem by creating realistic goals and regularly doing things that move you closer to them. We create positive thinking to ‘Bounce Back’ when we feel like giving up.
Week 6: Creating a Growth Mindset
It is not intelligence and talent that creates success in a life but whether a person has a growth or fixed mind-set. Growth mind-sets believe in effort, hard work and seeing difficult tasks as challenges.
Week 7: Communication
Learning communication skills can help us avoid conflicts, improve relationships, and increase understanding between groups of people. True communication involves listening, comprehension, and the ability to explain an idea clearly. We practice good communication through our strategy of ‘Clear & Muddy Rivers’.
Week 8: Understanding Extreme Emotions
If we are feeling extreme emotions, very upset, really angry, over excited, our Reptilian brain can join with our Emotional brain and take over, resulting in behaviour we may not be very proud of!
However, when we use our Thinking brains, we all have the ability to make healthy choices based on accurately identifying, understanding and managing our own feelings and those of others. We practice being on ‘The River of Calm’.
Week 9: Making New Pathways
How do we learn new things? By building one skill on top of another, persevering through the mistakes and creating new pathways with our neurones.
Week 10: Learning from our Mistakes with a Growth Mindset
Our failures are events, not reflections of who we are. All events invite us to learn. By reflecting on what lies behind our failures we can convert them into powerful learning experiences.