Empowering Students

Age appropriate and highly interactive workshops to excite students

 Workshops, catering for up to 100 participants, can be tailored to suit students from ages 4 – 18 years and are also available for tertiary level programs.  Students are introduced to the amazing mechanism of the brain, its role in learning and the ways they can help or hinder its development. Students get to dissect a brain, make models and engage in interactive games.

 

Hi Kery,  I wanted to say thanks for all you did for the Year 10 Senior Preparation Program. I have spoken to many different students and the feedback has been great. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the time and effort you have put into this. I know it is your passion, but you have enabled our students to develop their self -understanding and their approach to their studies and life. Thanks again.”

 

 

 

Head of Curriculum, Blue Mountains Grammar School,   November 2010

 

 

 

 

While each workshop has a different focus, all aim to empower students to increase both their sense of control and their sense of individual responsibility, over learning and life choices.

The workshops address a combination of the following:

 

  • Brain anatomy and nerve structure and function for beginners
  • The concept of learning as “building brains” and an examination of the most effective strategies for managing this “construction”
  • The importance of Individual differences for learning and life
  • The biology and chemistry of “memory”
  • The importance of Learning HOW to Learn
  • The Information Processing Model as a way to explain strategies for learning
  • The importance of hydration, exercise and correct nutrition for optimal brain function and learning
  • The need for sleep and the impact of sleep disturbances
  • The effect of stress and emotion on learning
  • The biological basis for activities and substances that impact on brain health and learning

 

1. Meet Your Brain – Meet Your Future

 

This is a workshop to excite hope in the future and can be suitable for all ages. Students are introduced to knowledge of simple neurology and cognition. In each session in this workshop there will be demonstration and instruction, use of high quality animations, modelling, problem solving, interactive games and creative design. Realising the importance of brain health sets the platform for informed choice. Understanding the basis for emotion and behaviour builds confidence and empathy. Learning how to learn empowers individuals to take responsibility.

 

2. WENZIT Working – Brain Care

 

A workshop stressing the things that students can do to make their learning and their lives easier by looking after their brains! This is particularly good at creating discussion within students about sleep, breakfast, exercise and substance use. Realising the importance of brain health sets the platform for informed choice and empowers individuals to take responsibility for their learning.

3. WENZIT Working – Study Skills for Life

 

This workshop is particularly useful for students moving between stages – those entering high school or moving into senior studies for example. The importance of learning how to learn is emphasised and the Information Processing Model is used to help understand the way that the brain learns. Students will be engaged in experiencing the language of learning and will look at a wide variety of strategies that can be used to acquire and retain knowledge.  Clay modelling and many interactive games are used.

 

4. WENZIT Working Against You – Life Choices

 

Realising the importance of brain health sets the platform for informed choice.  This workshop helps prepare students to make life choices.  It is aimed at adolescents and incorporates current research into the adolescent brain, and examples of activities and substances that impact on learning and life choices. Nutrition and hydration, exercise, sleep of the right type and in appropriate amounts are addressed as they impact on the needs of senior students. Substance use and abuse is discussed in terms of biology and history. Students see how much of an impact they can have on making school as hard as they choose and how this is also true of life after school.