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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsWelcome, everybody, to educators and neuroplastician's. I hear you say, what is a neuroplastician? Well, what this word does is merge the two words, plasticity and physician. And just as a physician has the notion to do no harm, as neuroplastician's way of whether we're in the workplace, whether we're in a school, whether we're just parents at home, we also adopt that same notion. Let's do no harm because we then have an understanding of the brain to help lead us in that direction. As educators, we are brain changers. But it's not just educators. Whether it be parents, whether it be counsellors, whether it be the person at the shopping centre, we can change brains in the way we behave with others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsOK, we can provide those environments that are caring, that are nurturing, ones where we engage with people, whether we show in our faces that we are happy and provide [INAUDIBLE] engage other people's mirror neurons where they can actually enjoy being in our presence. That is what we need to provide in the classroom especially. In the classroom, we want to provide a space where students can be engaged in what we're doing, where they can feel safe, where they can feel comfortable in our presence, where they can feel unjudged, and they can feel accepted for who they are. In all of these places, what we are doing is we are calming the person's amygdala.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsWe are activating mirror neurons where people can actually reflect back our happiness and our joy. They are providing opportunities where students can have a place where they can feel safe and nurtured. In those places, that's where learning operates the most. However, contrary to that, if we come across as negative and harsh and judgemental, well, what will happen is the amygdala will be over activated. That person will feel threatened. And then they're learning, their executive brain will actually be hijacked. And they won't be able to think or learn. They will think of you as a place where they can't-- or they're not going to be accepted. And as a result, they're not going to learn from you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsSo what we need to realise in this space as neuroplastician's that we are the benchmark on which our students are going to frame their learning. So if we can provide that place for them to engage, then they're going to have that space to grow and expand and be the best versions of themselves.

Welcome to the course

What will I learn?

Many neuromyths abound and educators have often been at the forefront of promulgating them. This course exposes these misconceptions.

Over the next two weeks, you will be introduced to the latest strategies emerging from Educational Neuroscience for educators to consider. These provide valuable guidelines for neurologically friendly principles from the disciplines of Psychology, Education and Neuroscience (PEN) – emphasising contemporary Educational Neuroscience.

Week one

This week we will:

  • Explore the concept of neuroplasticity; and,

  • Learn about the work of neuroplasticians and how you can create optimal learning experiences to change your student’s brains.

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Neuroplasticians and Neuromyths

Central Queensland University