Teaching Kindergartners About Emotions: The Latest Brain Science Goes to School

Teaching Kindergartners About Emotions: The Latest Brain Science Goes to School

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Classroom in Hawn Foundation's MindUp Program teaches mindfulnessBrain science is being used in planning school lessons for 200 students in kindergarten through third grade at the one progressive private school in New York.

The school has become a kind of national laboratory for integrating cognitive neuroscience and cutting-edge educational theory into curriculum, professional development and school design.

“Young children at the Blue School learn about what has been called ‘the amygdala hijack’ — what happens to their brains when they flip out. Teachers try to get children into a ‘toward state,’ in which they are open to new ideas. Periods of reflection are built into the day for students and teachers alike, because reflection helps executive function — the ability to process information in an orderly way, focus on tasks and exhibit self-control.”

(READ the full story in the New York Times)

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