"The programme is robust with a rich panaply of data which is expertly managed and shared ... Every slide was a portal to a depth of information, activity and reflection that, given more time, could have sustained the participants for days." - William Ledbetter (Managing Director, Perfomitivity)
Because knowing that you are wired to be a learning powerhouse is empowering.
As one of our teenage workshop participant said at the end of a workshop "knowing that I can makes me want to try harder".
Teaching children about the brain empowers them to take ownership of priming their brains for more efficient and effective learning.
This is especially powerful for children who believe that they are just “not smart” because intelligence is defined at birth, finite and immutable.
The realisation that they can change their brains frees them from a fatalistic approach to learning, and life.
Because a knowledge of why the brain functions the way it does enables us to parent intentionally.
What you do, and don't do, matters.
It matters, not in the sense that your child's destiny is your responsibility.
It matters in the sense that early experiences is the foundation of all other experiences to come, i.e. the stronger the foundation, the sturdier the building on top is.
The brain is equally capable of associating love with guilt trips as it is with restorative justice. Early years conditioning triggers a self-reinforcing pattern that is difficult to "un-learn". (See as well parenting principle #2)
Because a knowledge of brain functioning enables you to work with your brain, not against it.
Understanding how habits are formed enables you to intentionally and strategically build new habits.
Understanding the effect of hormones on brain functions enable you to emotionally re-balance yourself much more quickly.
Understanding how short term memory becomes long term memory enables you to create environments to maximise learning. (See as well parenting principle #1)
Note: You are not your brain, i.e. your brain does not call the shots. YOU do.