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Learning List Brain Buffet - Taste and Explore!

Learning List Brain Buffet -  Master List

 

• This list is a reference tool for teachers and students to determine areas of interest or needs for projects and research. 

 

• You will find the same lists for each of the three categories as a "Learning Library" to help organize and archive student work for future access.    

 


1. Brain Basics and Variability (Every brain is unique!)

  • Three parts – Hand Model of Brain
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Brain Plasticity (Our brains and minds change constantly)
  • Neuro-Myths and Misconceptions
  • Brain Development

2. Bio-Habits for Optimal Learning and Wellness

  • Sleep and Nutrition                            
  • Gut-Brain Axis
  • Exercise and Movement               
  • Science, Power, and Purpose of Play
  • Focused vs. Diffuse (Default) Modes of Thinking
  • Brain and Body on Nature             
  • Creativity and Exploration
  • Basic Needs (Glasser, others)     
  • Supplements and Substances

3. Emotions (Emotions drive learning)

  • Self-Regulation/Control   
  • Self-Awareness
  • Stress                                             
  • Resilience
  • Affective Networks and Reward Pathways
  • Humor

4. Social Learning

  • Healthy Relationships       
  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Culture               
  • Collaboration
  • Introversion and Extroversion
  • Restorative Practices
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Restorative Practices         
  • Stories support learning
  • Character Traits
  • Habits of Mind

5. Awareness and Executive Function/Networks

  • Self-Awareness                             
  • Mindful Practices
  • Conflict Resolution                       
  • Mindset
  • Perception                                     
  • Metacognition Skills/Practices
  • Attention
  • Responsible Decision Making
  • Motivation
  • Neuroception
  • Boredom, Mind Wandering, Modes of Thinking

6. Memory

  • Explicit and Implicit Memory Systems
  • Short-term memory
  • Working memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Mnemonics (brain hacks for improving memory)

7. Science and Strategies for STRESS

  • Positive Psychology and Growing Optimism
  • Humor and Play
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Coping Strategies
  • Movement, Creativity, The Arts
  • Autonomy and power of choice
  • Neurotransmitters and Reward Pathways
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Mindsets and Neuroception
  • Reset and Restorative Practices
  • Connections to self and others (Relationships)

1. Student Centered

  • Celebration of student work
  • Promoting Choice and Voice
  • Safe spaces for all students

2. Science of Nature

  • Outdoor “classrooms” and “Forest Schools”
  • Brains “on nature”
  • Plants (real and fake)
  • Animals or living creatures/pets
  • Bringing the outdoors “IN”

3. Physical Elements and Science of Learning

  • Lighting                   
  • Temperature                    
  • Air Quality               
  • Noise                      
  • Toxins                       
  • Colors
  • Organization and Order

4. Promoting Movement, Choice, Engagement

  • Flexible Seating            
  • Standing Desks
  • Balance boards, wobble chairs, yoga balls
  • Portability and Accessibility
  • BRAIN “breaks” or shifts

5. Tools not Toys

  • Fidget items      
  • Physical Therapy Items
  • Physical Model of Brain, etc.

1. Safety

  • Physical
  • Social - Emotional
  • Positive and Supportive Environment
  • Rules and Norms Support Values and Practices
  • Clean and Healthy Facilities
  • Focus on school safety, mental health, trauma informed and fostering resilience

2. Student Centered

  • Choice and Voice
  • Restorative Practices
  • Embedded social and emotional learning and practice
  • All students and staff valued, seen, and heard
  • Personalized Competency Based Learning
  • Challenged and Supported Appropriately
  • High Expectations for All
  • Mindset that Equity and Diversity Feeds Excellence

3. Relationships and Connectedness

  • Respect and Practices to support Diversity
  • Positive and Healthy Relationships Taught, Modeled, Practiced
  • Connected and Supported Staff
  • Effective and Inspiring Leadership
           •  Inclusive and Equitable Learning Environments
                      for All Students and Staff
           •  Community Collaboration; Partnerships and Projects
           •  Parents as Engaged and Welcomed Partners

 

4. Professional Development and Awareness

• Cultural Awareness Shared and Practiced

• Trauma Informed Practices

• Staying current on Mind, Brain, and Education Sciences

•  9R Elements of Effective Instruction **