In each of these locales, the take away feedback is always the same….How do we get more of this?.. and How come I didn’t learn this in my teacher training? Or that it did not come with my child’s birth certificate?!
Near and far the research of Dr. Gurian and advisors to our Board such as Dr. Daniel Amen, resonate with anyone that has a pulse.
Teachers immediately jump at the thought of understanding those brains better, and parents shake their heads in agreement that we have to dig a little bit deeper to understand what is going on in there, as the message matches with their daily grind.
Recently, I traveled to San Antonio, Texas to San Antonio Academy where Mrs. Hill used one of the ingredients we often prescribe….novelty. Meet Elvis, the class pet, but also a classroom management tool. The ability for Mrs. Hill to teach with this on her shoulder was amazing, but even moreso were the looks on the boys’ faces as they were eager to have Elvis on their own shoulder. You see, the simple novelty of Elvis was indeed the catch, but the immediate need to provide and protect also engaged the boys as they sought to rise to the challenge.
Dr. Gurian recently sat down with Know99 in Phoenix and outlined some of the ways that our trainings can benefit your faculty and staff as well as retain quality teachers. With teachers understanding the brain and how it is wired, as well as to how to nurture it, you have healthy teachers that are ready and equipped to meet the infinite amount of needs they are presented with. As my first principal told me, ” If you don’t feed the teachers, they will eat the children.”