At the Blue School, Kindergarten Curriculum Includes Neurology
Young children at the Blue School learn about “the amygdala hijack” — what happens to their brains when they flip out. Teachers try to get children into a “toward state,” in which they are open to new ideas. Periods of reflection are built into the day for students and teachers alike, because reflection helps executive function — the ability to process information in an orderly way, focus on tasks and exhibit self-control.
VIDEO. Understanding Emotional Intelligence: The Amygdala Hijack. TED TALK. In this clip, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, President and CEO of Diversity Solutions Inc., explores some of the complexities involved in why we freeze or fail in moments of high stress and why so many of us do and say things in the heat of the moment, that we then regret about 20 minutes later.