HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED?
A: Developed through careful research and field testing, the high-impact curricula and teaching aids were designed to be flexible for teachers, while being simple to learn and engaging for students. To give the students sufficient exposure and practice with these concepts, the program is divided into two distinct sections:
Part I – BrainWise: Learn It!
This section of the curricula introduces students to a series of skills called the 10 Wise Ways Learning about these thinking and behavioral strategies helps build fundamental neural pathways in the brain, controlling emotional, impulsive (Lizard Brain) responses and replacing them with sound decision-making (Wizard Brain) behavior. (Click on the "BrainWise Method" button to learn more about the 10 Wise Ways).
Part II – BrainWise: Live it! In the BrainWise Zone!
In this section, students use their newly-acquired thinking skills to assess a variety of problems and analyze consequences of behavior. This practice involves classroom applications and everyday activities that allow them to use the 10 Wise Ways to analyze stories, movies, videos, popular TV shows, advertising, and current events.
This approach engages young people by using popular culture to give them opportunities to apply what they have learned to a wide range of situations. As children and teens gain awareness of how the brain uses thinking skills to process problems, they acquire a greater understanding of how to avoid impulsive and destructive behavior. Equally important, they learn that these skills are lost if they are not used, leaving the brain to revert to impulsive and reactive Lizard Brain thinking.
Because the program is deliverable in modular form, teachers have the flexibility to modify the length of modules, and to create personalized support materials to fit their individual situation, thereby enriching the teaching experience. The program creates a common language that provides a structure for individuals to discuss emotions and abstract concepts, resulting in active participation by students, and greater involvement by the group as a whole.
While developed in a classroom setting for children and teens, the BrainWise Program is adaptable to a variety of demographic groups and programs, including leadership training, the workforce, money management, family health management, and many other formats.
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