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The Neuroscience of Learning

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 8, 2013 10:25 PM

This article is part of a larger, on-going effort to help connect teachers and other learning professionals with the neuroscience of learning.

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Roots of Empathy in the UK | Pre-school Learning Alliance

Roots of Empathy in the UK | Pre-school Learning Alliance | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Roots of Empathy (RoE) is an evidence-based classroom programme that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among schoolchildren.

The programme — for children ages 5 to 13 — has been delivered to more than 3,000 children in 29 primary schools in Lewisham, London since 2012.

It works by raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy, resulting in the development of social behaviours such as sharing, helping and including others.

The programme is delivered by instructors who are trained and coordinated through the Pre-school Learning Alliance Lewisham Service Hub.

At the heart of the 27-session programme are classroom visits by a parent and baby, where possible from the school community.

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Kids Practice: Coming Back to the Positive

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What went well today? Kids and teens can explore this eight-minute guided meditation for noticing the positive. #kids #mindfulparenting #mindfulnessinstruction
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Tips to ease students' test anxiety

Tips to ease students' test anxiety | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
I distinctly remember one terrible part of my unremarkable years of playing softball. During practice, I could hit the ball far enough for at least a base hit. Then -- the game. As soon as I was up to bat, I would freeze up and choke, barely hitting the ball to the pitcher.
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Every school needs a staff wellbeing team – here’s how to start one

Every school needs a staff wellbeing team – here’s how to start one | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Prioritising staff happiness at work has led to a marked improvement in our school’s Ofsted grade – and a new harmony in the staffroom
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Empathy Vs Sympathy

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Empathy is often confused with pity, sympathy, and compassion, which are each reactions to the plight of others.

 

Pity is a feeling of discomfort at the distress of one or more sentient beings, and often has paternalistic or condescending overtones. Implicit in the notion of pity is that its object does not deserve its plight, and, moreover, is unable to prevent, reverse, or overturn it. Pity is less engaged than empathy, sympathy, or compassion, amounting to little more than a conscious acknowledgement of the plight of its object.


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Schools are now teaching kids — and their parents — how to deal with stress

Schools are now teaching kids — and their parents — how to deal with stress | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
With high-stakes tests beginning in elementary school, kids are feeling overwhelmed. Mindfulness advocates hope the practice can help.
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Nature and Mindfulness Find Common Ground

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Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and former Goldman Sachs investment banker, talks meditation, big business, and environmentalism—and how the three fit together. #environment #mindfulmagazinedec17 #mindfulnessoutintheworld
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Make Self-Compassion One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Many of us instinctively beat ourselves up for failing to meet our goals, but there is an alternative.
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A mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress in university students 

Our findings show that provision of mindfulness training could be an effective component
of a wider student mental health strategy. Further comparative effectiveness research
with inclusion of controls for non-specific effects is needed to define a range of
additional, effective interventions to increase resilience to stress in university
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Stories Promote the Development of Empathy

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Stories Promote the Development of Empathy
Empathy is believed, by many psychologists, to be the biological foundation for morality.  To empathize is to see the world, to some degree, from another person’s point of view and to experience, at least partly, what that person is experiencing.  Sensing and in some way feeling the sadness or fear of another person is a first step toward wanting to help that person, and feeling the joy of another is reward for helping to bring that joy.

 

Even infants show a primitive form of empathy, for example, when one cries in response to another’s crying.  As children develop, their capacity for empathy can either grow or atrophy depending on conditions, and it can develop along various lines, also depending on conditions.  One set of conditions that may play a crucial role in the growth of empathy consists of the stories that children hear or, later, read.

Fritz Breithaupt, a specialist in German literature, has suggested that fiction is a powerful vehicle for the development of empathy because the listeners (or readers) automatically identify with one or more of the story’s characters.

 
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Test Your Stress 

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Complete this simple test to measure the stress in your life. This test uses the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) No registration required
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Mindful children have more brain flexibility, imaging study shows

Mindful children have more brain flexibility, imaging study shows | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Posted 10.27.2017 | by AMRA Meditation involves the processes of focusing attention, recognizing when the mind has wandered off, and re-establishing focus. Neuropsychologists tell us these processes are associated with three large-scale brain networks: a Default Mode Network (DMN) associated with mind-wandering, a Salience and Emotion Network (SEN) associated with present-centered awareness, and a Central Executive Network (CEN) that helps shift, restore, and maintain focus. When two or more networks change activity in a coordinated manner, they are said to be functionally connected. Positive functional connectivity occurs when two networks increase or decrease activity in tandem. Negative functional connectivity occurs when increased activity in one network is matched by decreased activity in the other. The degree of functional connectivity between networks is usually averaged over time to yield a single measure. The problem with averaged measures is that they give the illusion that the functional connectivity between networks is static, when in fact, it is ever-changing and dynamic. Marusak et al. [Behavioral Brain Research] studied both the average and the dynamic functional connectivity between these brain networks in children, as well as how these networks are related to childrens’ self-reported levels of mindfulness and mental health symptoms. The researchers recruited an economically and racially diverse cohort of 42 children and adolescents (55% female, average age =10 years, age range = 6-17 years). Many of the children were at economic disadvantage and/or at risk for exposure to violence, abuse, and intensive medical treatment. The participants completed self-report measures of mindfulness (using the Child and Adolescent Mindfulness Measure), anxiety and depression. The majority of participants (65%) exceeded the thresholds on these measures for pathological levels of anxiety and/or depression. All participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) …
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Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom | Relaxed school | Scoop.it

Empathy is one of the most important skills for kids to learn. It will help them to become kinder, stronger individuals. As a teacher, you have a great opportunity to help students become empathetic. In your classroom, you can give students the opportunity to practice empathy. Try making it fun with engaging activities. And don’t forget to practice empathy yourself. You’re an excellent role model for your students!

 

 

1. Creating Opportunities to Practice Empathy

Encourage students to get to know one another. Start a Random Acts of Kindness Project. Help students find volunteer opportunities.2. Planning Interactive ActivitiesTake a “temperature check” at the beginning of class.Use the “write around” if you’d like students to work on writing skills.Use an appreciation box as an ongoing activity.Choose books that inspire empathy.Hold a class discussion about the book you all read. 

 

3. Demonstrating Empathy with Your Actions

Be a good role model. Listen actively.Help students understand point of view. 

 

 

 


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Empathy Is The Only Way To Stop The Cycle Of Bullying And Abuse

Empathy Is The Only Way To Stop The Cycle Of Bullying And Abuse | Relaxed school | Scoop.it

That’s the key to Roots of Empathy, teaching children to pick up on non-verbal signals and to understand the unspoken interactions between human beings. When children are sensitive enough to pick up on these signals they are in touch with their empathetic skills and when this happens it makes it harder for them to turn to violence and abuse as a way of treating others.

‘I think in the future of education the most important word is empathy. If they (children) have empathy they connect to each other. We have a crisis of connection in the world, we need to have empathic children. If children have a sense of belonging when they’re in school they will know how to include others. Schools should be a homecoming for children, somewhere where every child feels they belong.’

 


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The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation

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Interplay between parents and children ignites the brain and boosts its response to language, spurring lasting literacy skills
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Two simple mindful meditation exercises for teachers

Two simple mindful meditation exercises for teachers | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Mindfulness can help teachers reduce stress and boost confidence. Clinical psychologist Erin Olivo shares her handy guide for getting started
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La méditation : ça cartonne dans les écoles

La méditation : ça cartonne dans les écoles | Relaxed school | Scoop.it

Les établissements scolaires s'intéressent de plus en plus à la "mindfulness", méditation de pleine conscience laïque, développée aux Etats-Unis dans les années 70. L'AME (Association pour la méditation à l'école), créée en 2014 pour développer cette pratique en milieu scolaire, enregistre 45 à 50 demandes de formation par jour.


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LA MEDITATION DANS LES ECOLES? OUI !!
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Mindfulness Activities for Children And Teens: Fun Exercises For Kids

Mindfulness Activities for Children And Teens: Fun Exercises For Kids | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Here's a list of fun mindfulness activities and exercises for kids that will teach them about mindfulness in playful way (in school f.i.). Enjoy!
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Is Autism Really an "Empathy Disorder"?

Is Autism Really an "Empathy Disorder"? | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
It is a common belief that people with autism lack empathy. One researcher who helped to popularise this belief is the British professor of developmental psychopathology, Simon Baron-Cohen, who saw autism as an “empathy disorder.”

 

According to Baron-Cohen, one of the features of autism is “mind blindness,” which means that you can’t put yourself into someone else’s shoes, can’t “read” other people’s faces and body language, and so can’t tell what they are thinking or feeling. As a result people with autism find it difficult to respond in an appropriate way in social situations. They may appear emotionless and impolite. 

However, many people with autism - and their families - are confused by this belief, since they feel that they often experience and witness empathy


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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning 

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning  | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Like other aspects of modern life, education can make the head hurt. So many outcomes, so much important work to do, so many solutions and strategies, so many variations on teaching, so many different kinds of students with so many different needs, so many unknowns in preparing for 21st Century life and the endless list of jobs that haven’t been invented.

What if we discovered one unifying factor that brought all of this confusion under one roof and gave us a coherent sense of how to stimulate the intellect, teach children to engage in collaborative problem solving and creative challenge, and foster social-emotional balance and stability—one factor that, if we got right, would change the equation for learning in the same way that confirming the existence of a fundamental particle informs a grand theory of the universe?

 

By Thom Markham


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What Self-Awareness Really Is

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Four years ago, my team of researchers and I embarked on a large-scale scientific study of self-awareness. In 10 separate investigations with nearly 5,000 participants, we examined what self-awareness really is, why we need it, and how we can increase it.


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Can You Read People's Emotions?

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The “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test” measures a person’s ability to understand others’ emotional states.
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Stress-busting teaching strategies for 2018

Stress-busting teaching strategies for 2018 | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
We asked teachers for the tried and tested tricks that have dramatically improved their time at school and at home
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Mindful’s Top 10 Guided Practices of 2017

Mindful’s Top 10 Guided Practices of 2017 | Relaxed school | Scoop.it
Listen to guided meditations from mindfulness experts on how to work with difficult emotions and weave mindful moments into your daily life. #difficultemotions #mindfulnessinstruction
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