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How Does a Child's Brain Learn?

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Workshop held during Family Day at the 2015 Young Global Leaders Summit, in Geneva.

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How Does a Child's Brain Learn?

  1. 1. HOW DOES A CHILD’S BRAIN LEARN? Facilitated by Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez @ 2015 YGL Summit Geneva, August 9th
  2. 2. We learn primarily by imitation and by adaptation to our environments. And it’s our brains doing the heavy work. So, let’s learn more about the Brain, and how to set up a Brain-Friendly Family Environment.
  3. 3. WHAT DO YOU SEE?
  4. 4. Say Hello to Your Brain Link: https://youtu.be/q8PeJtpT_UM
  5. 5.  How our brains work  Four pillars to improve our brains, and learn better  Frequently Asked Questions
  6. 6. CELLS THAT FIRE TOGETHER WIRE TOGETHER
  7. 7. WHAT EVOLUTION GAVE US AND WHY 1) Reptilian: breathing, movement 3) “Human”: thoughts 2) Mammalian: emotions
  8. 8. HOW MANY PASSES CAN YOU COUNT? (PLAYERS WITH WHITE SHIRT) Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
  9. 9. FAMILY DISCUSSION: What have you learned so far?
  10. 10.  How our brains work  Four pillars to improve our brains, and learn better  Frequently Asked Questions
  11. 11. Source: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (2013)
  12. 12. Pillar #1. Healthy Nutrition
  13. 13. Pillar #2. Aerobic Exercise
  14. 14. Travel back to a time…  when you felt a healthy exhaustion  loving exchange  most caring gesture  most magnificent place Source: Five Good minutes, by Jeffrey Brantley Pillar #3. Regulating stress
  15. 15. Pillar #4. Truly exercising our brains Source: Maguire, Woollett, & Spiers, 2006
  16. 16. EXAMPLE: DRAW A CIRCLE WITH ONE HAND AND A SQUARE WITH THE OTHER ONE, AT THE SAME TIME
  17. 17. FAMILY AUDIT: What Family Practices would you like to change? 1. Healthy Nutrition 2. Aerobic Exercise 3. Regulating stress 4. Exercising our brains
  18. 18.  How our brains work  Four pillars to improve our brains, and learn better  Frequently Asked Questions
  19. 19.  Drinking soda  Managing screen time  Bilingual education  “Good job” vs. “You’re so smart”  Risk and Autonomy
  20. 20. FAMILY DISCUSSION: Share your next step in creating a Brain-Friendly Family Environment

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