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Life Skills

Weekly Brain Exercises for ADHD, Focus, Alertness, Memory, and More (FLEX)

In this class, students will learn simple 1-minute brain exercises to use through the week when trying to focus, make decisions, stay alert, increase memory skills, and more. This class is interactive throughout the week.
Mrs. Hoban
21 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 22 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 7 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will learn quick exercises that involve activating both hemispheres of the brain as well as stimulating the nerve endings in our hands that are connected to brain function. These exercises will help them prepare for a successful day and can be done upon waking and/or during class, sports, chores, etc. They will also learn how to recognize and create their own effective brain exercises. 
I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education with a minor in special education and have taught in an inclusive environment for 22 years. I have researched how to help my students and my own children to focus on tasks assigned to them. My son has ADHD inattentive type and sees a functional neurologist who has taught us various brain exercises that help my son to focus throughout the day. In addition to what he has taught us, I have attended professional development conferences, done my own research by reading books on brain balance, and learned through searching articles and videos.  I am currently enrolled in a course that is further training me on the specifics of helping students with Executive Function for attention, memory, and self-regulation. 

For years I have taught my 2nd graders various brain exercises to help them concentrate throughout the day. They love feeling that sense of control. I can't even count the number of times my administrators and colleagues have commented on how focused and successful my students are in class. Once we help the kids understand how the brain works, the rest starts to fall into place.
During the week, recognize when the exercises are needed and use them in the appropriate situations. Report their successes. 
Students will record themselves performing the exercises each week and will be asked to attempt to create their own mid-line exercise or share something they have done before that crosses the midline. 
Some weeks will require manipulatives or apps: Week 1: scarf Week 3: basketball or a bouncy ball no smaller than a tennis ball Week 5: metronome app (or any other free app)
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The students will report their progress throughout the weeks and I will suggest modifications if needed. They will also report their most effective brain exercise(s).
The learners will create their own brain exercise during the last week of class and post a video. I will provide feedback and their creations may be demonstrated for the other learners.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Mrs. HobanElementary School Teacher of 21 years
21 total reviews
28 completed classes

About Me

   Hello! I am here to help and encourage your children in their educational journey. I feel it is important for my students to understand not only what they are learning, but WHY they are learning it. I have been teaching in public school for 21... 
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