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Helping students understand their changing brain

Brainwaves in Year 6 - Year 8.

Over the last few years there has been substantial neurological research into the teenage brain, which has provided the foundation for three new Brainwave units in the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC): Year 6 - Year 8.

Between childhood and adulthood, hormones kickstart a phase of significant change. While some physical changes may be obvious, there are some less obvious changes taking place in our brains, which can contribute to making teenage years a bit of a rollercoaster.

The new units are designed to help learners understand the changes they are going through and support them in identifying strategies to help. Each year has its own unique Brainwave unit full of tasks that has been designed to meet the level of development taking place in the brain.

An example from our 11-12 years (MY1) Brainwave unit is this wonderful video that helps kick start the unit. The activity initiates discussion and gets students thinking about they way we learn:

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