WHAT MAKES BRAINWISE DIFFERENT?
A: BrainWise was specifically created to teach critical thinking and decision making skills to children and teens.
BrainWise understands that in order to control emotional or impulsive behavior, lasting change must come from building and reinforcing new critical thinking skills that teach children and teens how to stop and think before they act. Learning to be BrainWise is easy, and the curriculum is adaptable to almost any format. The high-impact curricula and teaching aids were designed to be flexible for teachers, while being simple to learn and engaging for students.
Based upon careful research and developed in the class room, BrainWise is an internationally recognized, comprehensive program that introduces critical thinking concepts, applies them to everyday situations, and reinforces them through practice to create new and lasting neural pathways in the brain. By building advanced critical thinking skills and teaching students how to recognize everyday opportunities for application, the BrainWise program is helping kids replace impulsive responses with sound decision-making behavior.
Teaching children and teenagers critical thinking and decision making skills requires that certain specific concepts be introduced, applied, used, and reinforced.
In the BrainWise curricula, instructors receive comprehensive lesson plans designed to be flexible and adaptable to the instructor's situation. To provide students sufficient exposure and practice with these concepts, the program is divided into two distinct stages:
Part I – BrainWise: Learn It!
This section of the curricula introduces students to a series of cognitive thinking and decision making skills called the 10 Wise Ways. Learning about these skills helps them begin to build fundamental neural pathways in their brain, replacing impulsive responses with sound decision-making behavior.
Part II – BrainWise: Live it! In the BrainWise Zone!
In this section, students use their newly-acquired thinking skills to assess and analyze a variety of problems and to recognize and understand the consequences of impulsive 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 they gain awareness of how the brain uses thinking skills to process problems, children and teens acquire a greater understanding of why these thinking skills are important and how they can avoid impulsive, destructive behavior in their lives. Equally important, they also learn that if these skills not used they are lost, leaving the brain to revert to impulsive and reactive Lizard Brain thinking.
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