We are continuing to learn about the brain and how it helps us learn. Did you know that the brain is actually GRAY not PINK?
So far we have learned about the prefrontal cortex (Brain Boss), the amygdala (Traffic Cop), and the hippocampus (Memory Keeper).
Last week we learned that t
he amygdala decides what goes to the "upstairs brain" and what stays in the "downstairs brain." The upstairs brain helps us react "mindfully" by calmly paying attention and making good choices. The downstairs brain is the emergency brain, that helps us react quickly in emergencies, when will either FLIGHT, FLEE, or FREEZE.
We learned your hippocampus (Memory Keeper) holds on to information like a filing cabinet. In order for your hippocampus to hold onto information you need to be focused, otherwise, it won't do it's job properly.
We are also learning about the Senses and how our senses help us to keep our Brain Boss running just right so that we can learn and grow. We have been practicing mindful listening, mindful seeing, mindful tasting and mindful smelling. In order to be mindful, we have to really focus on the sense we are using and what we are trying to detect using that sense.
In the pictures the students are mindfully watching as they add food coloring to warm water.