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Frozen Freeze Dance!

Science & Nature

Brain Warriors: Brain Freeze - Ouch! What Really Happens When I Eat Ice Cream?

Identify the culprits, the anatomy, and what is really going on in the brain when we get that intense sensation we call "Brain Freeze". The next time you eat ice cream you'll be able to tell all your friends & family WHY they are in agony!
Lisa Harris, M.Ed. Reading Specialist
205 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 31 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Students will receive an introduction to the basic science related to the nervous system, constriction and dilation of blood vessels, the brain's true job of protector, and share their knowledge of the edible items that cause Brain Freeze. 
The quick version of my background is that I’m a retired first grade teacher and reading specialist (after 34 years!), as well as a certified yoga instructor living in Southern California with my husband and adorable “teacher's pet” Buddy.

But, the story of how I became “The Brain Lady” began when I discovered the incredible science of neuroplasticity while studying yoga anatomy during advanced certifications.

Diving into a lay-person's study of neuroscience, I learned (and continue to learn) so many things that you might think an elementary school teacher should already know about the brain -  and they definitely SHOULD!  I learned how memory works, the way that physical movement affects learning, wellness habits that affect the ability to focus, make decisions and self-regulate, how a child’s early developmental movement patterns affect learning, and so much more!  Surprisingly, none of my teacher training included this information - even though I attended a prestigious teachers college focused on developmental learning practices.

Armed with this knowledge, I began to step-outside-the-boxes I felt confined to as a public school teacher, and to teach based on neuroscience instead of mandated curriculum or traditional practices.   

Using what I'd learned about the brain, and my many years of classroom experience, I developed a highly motivating and actionable wellness sequence called R.I.S.E. and quickly discovered that my students were showing increased focus, improved memory and retention of information, better self-regulation, fewer behavioral issues and consistently high attendance.  My students thrived while using The R.I.S.E Sequence! 

The incredibly empowering part of learning how our brain works is discovering that we are more in control than we think, and we CAN change our own brain, increase our potential for achievement, health and happiness.  This is especially important for children to understand.

I knew that it was The R.I.S.E Sequence that was impacting student's brains in positive ways, and I wasn’t ready to leave all of my methods and enthusiasm for brain science behind when I retired.  So that’s why I teach on Outschool now, and I look forward to making an impact on learners from around the world!  
No specific Homework is assigned, but students will probably need time after class to finish up the writing/drawing circle map we started in class.  I believe that class time is best used to provide active content and experiences related to the topic and it is not always enough time to finish creative pieces of work on paper.  Discussing the work is a great way to take learning out of the classroom and solidify that learning.  Ask your child to explain their work, draw more, or write about their learning in their own words after class, and encourage them to use the 4 step wellness sequence throughout the day to enhance all of their distance learning activities!

Also, you may want to reward your learner with something to induce Brain Freeze and encourage them to explain what they learned!
Water bottle Space for physical movement Plain Paper Pencils, pens, crayons, etc.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The R.I.S.E & Review Sequence at the end of the session allows ME to see your student's learning.  It will also help YOU to gauge learning if you are nearby to see it.  
Another way to judge learning is to discuss the class content with your child afterwards.  Do you understand your child's explanation of what they learned?  Does it sound reasonable and include a few details?  That's the best indicator of learning!
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
No sensitive content.  Parents do not need to be present for the sessions, although I think YOU will find them interesting too!  But please remember, parents are not allowed to be onscreen in the Outschool classroom.


Lisa Harris, M.Ed. Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
Learn to read or empower YOUR brain with The Brain Lady!
205 total reviews
196 completed classes

About Me

The quick version of my background is that I’m a retired first grade teacher and reading specialist (after 34 years!), as well as a certified yoga instructor living in Southern California with my husband and adorable “teacher's pet” Buddy.

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