Highlights

 

FOCUSED and SMART

There is no point in having a great lesson plan if the students in front of us are not receptive to the teaching (like trying to pour water into a closed bottle).   Consequently, before asking our students to pay attention, we teach them how to do so through diaphragmatic breathing, postural education, centering (concentrating) and focusing (applying).

Our exercises are designed to simultaneously stimulate both sides of the brain and promote a wider neural electrical and chemical networking.   We start from simple movements involving only one part of the body (ex. right arm), progress to combined movements, involving simultaneously both part of the upper or lower body (ex. right and left leg), advance to composed movements, involving simultaneously upper and lower body in a symmetrical way (ex. jumping jacks),  graduate to complex movement, simultaneously involving both upper and lower body in an asymmetrical way (ex. ski jumping jacks).  

Complex movements are our target, the tool that allows us to maximize brain stimulation and help in forming better learners.  The practice of complex movements is also called “crossing” (crawling is another popular example of it). When more neurons are fired up, and communicate with each others, any information recently acquired gets stored in more reservoirs (the neurons) promoting a more articulate, longer lasting learning, backed-up experience.  An example would be memorizing a poem before executing one set of ski jumping jacks.  This technique is called “sinking”. 

By training the students in both “crossing” and “sinking” we can help them in refining learning styles other than the one dictated by their side dominance.  According to the acclaimed studies of Doctor Carla Hannaford, there are 32 learning profiles obtained by the possible combinations of left or right dominance of brain hemisphere, eye, arm, leg.  

In case of traumatic brain damage the rate of recovery is much higher in individuals that have been consistently exposed to crossing and sinking, sort of a life insurance on our central nervous system.