Science & Nature

Brain Warriors: Science for a Brainy Day!

Learn the human anatomy of your brain & practice techniques to strengthen it. Discover how your most important organ works. From neurons to your memory, the amygdala and your emotions, the 4 lobes and the 5 senses, growth mindset & more!
Lisa Harris, M.Ed. Reading Specialist
197 total reviews for this teacher
9 reviews for this class
Completed by 40 learners

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Tue Jul 12

Meets Once per week
4pm - 4:55pm
Only 2 spots remaining

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Class Experience

Depending on the week, Learning Goals will vary and can be determined by the content in parenthesis in the description above.
Students will begin to connect their learning, health & wellness, thoughts, feelings & emotions with the actual body part that controls them - their BRAIN! 

Students will be introduced to the basic parts and functions of the brain.

Students will be introduced to the nervous system and the circulatory system.

Students will learn about the basic cells in the brain (neurons), how they work to help us learn, and what we can do to help THEM do their job!

Students will learn that the brain can sustain injury if we are not careful, and how to keep it safe and protected.

Students will learn how their daily activities, food and drinks, screen time rules, and bedtime affect their brain function.

This course will enable students to understand that their brain, the "boss of the body", is more under their control than they might know, and that there are simple strategies they can do to improve the way their own brain functions.
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!  
Optional activities provided during some of the weeks.
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 that we begin in some classes.  This means we will begin certain paper/pencil tasks, but they may be left for finishing on student's own time.

Discussing this 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 in their notebooks, or write about their learning in their own words after class.

Encourage them to use the 4 step wellness sequence throughout the day to enhance all of their distance learning activities!
Water bottle (EVERY CLASS)
Space for physical movement (EVERY CLASS)

For SOME classes, you will also need:
printer to print downloads
pencils, pens, crayons, etc.
scissors & glue stick
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 an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be moving during this class and may need supervision to clear a space free of debris or obstructions.
Students will be using scissors in some classes.


Lisa Harris, M.Ed. Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
Learn to read or empower YOUR brain with The Brain Lady!
197 total reviews
170 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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