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R.I.S.E. for a Healthy & Focused Brain!

Lisa Harris, M.Ed. Reading Specialist
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(218)
R.I.S.E - An easy to learn wellness sequence that keeps your child's brain healthy & helps them focus, learn, and make positive choices. Hydrate, Exercise, Breathe, & Empower using fun class themes! Join this Ongoing class at any time!

Class experience

Students will learn when and why to use 4 self-care activities that help to reset their brain.  
1.  Hydration to keep the brain-fog away and help students to revitalize a tired, cranky, or unmotivated mood.  
2.  Movement to help pump oxygen infused blood to the brain and release the neurochemicals that activate the brain for learning.
3.  Mindful breathing to saturate the brain with oxygen and help children learn to focus on their present moment.
4.  Strong empowering words to help your child be their best self.
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 and movement specialist 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!  
Homework Offered
Homework suggestion: After learning the sequence basics and thematic activities in class, use the FREE copy of The R.I.S.E Sequence bookmark (attachment in classroom), and have your child write or draw the R.I.S.E activities that they loved doing so that they can use this version of the wellness sequence throughout the week. Your child can use their "notes" and adapt The R.I.S.E Sequence to have a duration anywhere from one minute to thirty minutes when they need a "brain reboot" or learning break during the rest of their week.
Assessments Offered
Does the learner begin to adopt the 4 wellness activities naturally into their daily routines? That's the best way to see understanding!
Grades Offered
a water bottle
space to move
occasionally . . . a piece of paper and crayons/pencil
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This class involves movement and should be supervised appropriately.  Your learner will need a safe open space, free from furniture and other objects that could cause injury.  Students may participate with or without footwear as long as the space is free of debris.  A water bottle will also be needed for this class.  No physical warm-up is needed.
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(218)
I am a certified reading specialist with a Masters Degree in reading, and have taught in a variety of capacities in public schools and universities.  These roles include teaching in kindergarten/first/or second grade classrooms, and as a K-5... 
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1x per week
40 min

Completed by 96 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 6-9
2-6 learners per class

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