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Brain Friendly

Principle 1: Nourishment

How much does the brain weigh? About 3 pounds
How much oxygen does the brain consume? Up to 25% of the oxygen in our bodies
What is 'grey matter' in the brain? The place where sensing and learning takes place. 94% of the oxygen in the brain is consumed here.
As brains master skills, they don't work harder they work more efficiently, actually consuming less energy than when learning a new skill.
How many minutes without nutrients does it take until neurons begin to die? 5 minutes!
Within minutes without oxygen a person experiences drowsiness, apathy, and impaired judgment. Focused learning becomes impossible.
Communication among what in the brain create intelligence? Neurons
80% of the energy consumed by the brain is consumed as what interact? Neurons
What are released when someone feels embarrassed? Stress peptides. These are released when someone receives embarrassing public feedback.
What are released when someone feel supported? Endorphins. These are released when students do a supportive teambuilding activity.
What is the #1 tool to nourish the brain? 1. Encourage Exercise
What is the #2 tool to nourish the brain? 2. Promote Play
What is the #3 tool to nourish the brain? 3. Improve Diet
What is the #4 tool to nourish the brain? 4. Supply Hydration
What is the #5 tool to nourish the brain? 5. Train Proper Breathing
What is the #6 tool to nourish the brain? 6. Teach with Movement Structures
Why does Tool 1 help nourish the brain? Exercise improves brain growth and brain function. It improves academic achievement, cognitive functioning and IQ.
Why does Tool 2 help nourish the brain? Play nourishes the brain and releases instinctual energy. It is a brain stimulant that optimizes brain states.
Why does Tool 3 help nourish the brain? Improved diet helps break the high-low cycle of energy released by carbohydrates versus proteins. Breakfast boosts achievement and diet quality correlates directly to academic achievement.
Why does Tool 4 help nourish the brain? Dehydration shrinks brain cells and hydration improves health. It is important to have water breaks and drink water frequently!
Why does Tool 5 help nourish the brain? Proper breathing brings oxygen to the brain, reduces tension and anxiety, and improves creativity and concentration. Proper breathing also enhances energy stamina, improves bloods circulation to vital organs, and improves digestion.
Why does Tool 6 help nourish the brain? Movement structures nourish brains because they increase heart rate and volume as well as breathing rate and volume. Providing more fully oxygenated blood to the brain.
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