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BW01 BUILDING A BETTER BRAIN – 32 Pages

The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’ – David Suzuki

  • Why we need to build a better brain
  • Building a better brain           
  • The implications of neuroscience for teaching
  • Neuroscience in the learning environment
  • Neuroscience applications in classroom design
  • The neuroscience of mindfulness
  • Neuroscience now
  • Recent neuroscience research and implications for learning

BW02 WHAT IS NEUROSCIENCE? – 36 Pages

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.” – Colin Wilson

  • What is Neuroscience?
  • Why Build Better Brains?
  • The Life-long Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress
  • Why Build Better Brains
  • How Building Better Brains makes a Better Future for Us All
  • Avoiding Toxic Stress
  • Developing basic Emotional and Social Skills
  • Putting the pieces together
  • How to keep the brain strong
  • More about Brain Performance
  • References and Further Reading

BW03 PLAY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS – 61 Pages

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”-Leo F. Buscaglia

  • Having Fun must be taken seriously  
  • The importance of play in early childhood   
  • Types of Play  
  • Benefits of Play          
  • Children Play Around The World
  • A Selection of Global Games

BW04 LEARN TO LEARN – 61 Pages

To become successful you must know why you think the way you do and how to use your natural thinking abilities to your best advantage,  Most school tests are based on the principle that every question has one correct answer – but the great breakthroughs come from new answers found from challenging the status quo, not accepting it.

•          The four main types of thinking
•          Your own personal learning centre.
•          Creating patterns and making linkages.
•          Your ‘intelligence centres’.
•          Maintaining your transmission systems.
•          The more you link the more you learn.
•          Brainstorming Guidelines
•          Understanding body language
•          Learning to Earn.
•          Learning to Lead.

BW05 SEEKING ENJOYMENT

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
-Marcus Aurelius

  • Why our brains learn more when they have fun
  • Which group of children, according to neuroscientific research, is learning more?
  • What does joyful learning look like in the brain?
  • Why our brains like novelty 
  • Why our brains like to explore
  • Why our brains enjoy differences and need repetition
  • How can we change this approach to better consolidate children’s learning?
  • What is it like when brains aren’t having fun?
  • The Inquiry Approach to Teaching and Learning
  • Investigations and Activities

BW06 SPORTS AND GAMES – 86 Pages

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

  • Why play Sport?
  • Playing Sport Changes Your Brain     
  • What Happens When We Practice?
  • Sport Should Be Fun, Not Forced      
  • How Your Body Changes Throughout the Day
  • Eating For Sporting Success
  • Sportsmanship
  • Keeping Yourself Motivated

BW07 EXPLORING CURIOSITY – 64 Pages

“Standardized testing is at cross purposes with many of the most important purposes of public education. It doesn’t measure big-picture learning, critical thinking, perseverance, problem solving, creativity or curiosity, yet those are the qualities great teaching brings out in a student.” -Randi Weingarten

  • Keeping curious minds curious                                  
  • More about curiosity                         
  • Why our brains learn more when they have fun                  
  • Why our brains like novelty               
  • Why our brains like to explore                                                                      
  • Why our brains enjoy differences but need repetition         
  • What does it look like when our brains are not having fun?
  • A world of curiosity                           
  • How curiosity helps you to live more of your life
  • Creative ‘Warm Ups’ and more …

BW07 DEVELOPING CREATIVITY – 58 Pages

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” — Bruce Garrabrandt

  • Do you want to change the world?               
  • Creating breakthroughs                                             
  • What doers success mean to you?                
  • The secret to getting started –
  • Getting unstuck                                                                     
  • Ideas are cheap – but extremely valuable                             
  • Generating brilliant ideas                              
  • Exploiting the future                                                              
  • The science of Intentional Creation               
  • Solving problems in your sleep                        
  • Knowledge and skills              
  • You are what you think          

BW09 MATHEMATICS : TASKS OR ADVENTURES? – 69 Pages


“Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind. – Danica Mckellar

  • The Neuroscience of Math drills                                           
  • The Neuroscience of Math                
  • The Language of Math                       
  • Math – Tasks or Adventures? 
  • Considerations                       
  • Math around the World                    
  • 240+ Adventures       

BW10 LANGUAGE PLUS – 66 Pages


“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

  • Neuroscience and the acquisition of language                     
  • What we now know about language development. 
  • A recent endorsement from ‘Save the Children’.                 
  • Ten Tips to learn language faster                              
  • 400+ Language activities and investigations
  • 200+ Quirky Questions and Curious Conversations

BBB11 USE IT OR LOSE IT – 56 Pages

“Among other things, neuroplasticity means that emotions such as happiness and compassion can be cultivated in much the same way that a person can learn through repetition to play golf and basketball or master a musical instrument, and that such practice changes the activity and physical aspects of specific brain areas.” ― Andrew Weil

  • Thoughts from around the World
  • Use it or lose it : Neuroplasticity       
  • We are the Builders of our Brains
  • Ten habits of Highly-Effective Brains
  • References and Further Reading
  • Activities and Investigations  

BW12 THE CONSEQUENCES OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES – 31 Pages

“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.” ― Asa Don Brown

  • Toxic Stress
  • More about ACEs
  • How big is the problem?
  • How can we address ACEs?
  • The lifelong costs of ACEs
  • Raising resilient children
  • How to make young brains flourish and become more resilient
  • Resources