Feeling emotional?

Emotions are confusing, seemingly arbitrary and out of our control. It feels like they just well up inside us, then if we submit, they can consume us. Do we tend to notice negative emotions more? Could that be because different chemicals are stimulated in the brain forcing us to sit up and take notice? Fear was originally a mechanism that kept us alive. Then again oxytocin (the cuddle drug) sure feels delicious when it courses through our bodies. When something happens - say one of my children loses it because her sister has taken the spare can of deodorant out of her room (COMPLETELY HYPOTHETICAL), starting a deodorant WAR that ends with them punching each other - I can observe my reactions

Transition

Transition can induce anxiety - it is the period of change from one state to another. For some children the daily transition from home to school is fraught – imagine your child vomiting before school every day. Because anxiety is often a hidden disability we look to the triggers for behaviour incidents. A report by Nancy Rappaport about anxiety in students lists the top six triggers. Unstructured times – lunch and recess Transitions Writing tasks Tests and evaluations Social demands Novel events/unexpected change It seems that a transitional ceremony would be useful to limit or ease anxiety. According to Ellen Dissanayake the genesis of art can be found in ceremony, art is a tool of social c

Neuroeducation

Another week, another neuro-term, I've been reading a report about education by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from their conference in 2013. How wonderful to be able to access the results of research in this field. Barbara Arrowsmith - who is famously The Woman who Changed her Brain was a speaker. She says that "Education becomes neuroeducation – the perfect marriage between neuroscience and education – and it will be about changing the capacity of the learner to learn as they learn". A friend's daughter was positively influenced by Arrowsmith's learning methods that propose we have the power to "shape our brains". Professor John Hattie Director (of the Melbourne Edu

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