What do circle time, science, mindfulness, and self-reflection have in common? Have a listen to this Podcast episode to find out!
Five main themes are explored in this episode:
- How to get teachers/colleagues to buy in to a change in practice (“mindset before method”)
- Why focal attention, novelty, repetition, and emotional arousal are the necessary ingredients for optimal learning
- How to teach from a brain perspective so we strengthen the part of the brain the child will need to use “next”
- Why interpersonal neurobiology helps us to make the connection among brain, mind, and relationships
- How to use mindfulness in preschool contexts
Click HERE to download a transcript of Podcast #21, and complete the form below to receive a free download with a framework for guiding self-reflection.
Special note of thanks to Ana Segura, Lead Teacher, Child Development Associates, Chula Vista, CA for her dedication to teaching with the brain mind.
Laura’s interest in working with children and families began at the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. While earning her Masters in Counseling from San Diego State University, she worked as a preschool teacher, developing an intimate understanding of the challenges that teachers face.
After earning her master’s degree, Laura maintained her connection with the early childhood education field serving as a mental health consultant for public, private pay, and Head Start infant, toddler and preschool early education programs, including Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired programs. This work included partnering with child welfare and special education departments to provide support for children with identified risk factors, special needs or disabilities to be fully included.
Since that early start, Laura has worked as a therapist with child, adolescent and adult populations in various settings, including community-based wraparound service programs for CPS involved families and mental health consultation for early childhood programs. For the past 10 years she has provided training and coaching on social and emotional development for early childhood education, elementary and high school teachers, mental health consultants and coaches.
As an advocate for teachers, Laura works hard to provide them with meaningful information and strategies that are intended to make their jobs less stressful and ensure that children of all ages are safe physically, mentally, and emotionally. She grounds her work with educators and parents in teachings about the brain so they may provide children with the responsive caregiving they deserve based on science, not habits.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Laura’s website: www.laurafishtherapy.com
- Laura’s Blog: www.laurafishtherapy.com/blog/
- Interpersonal neurobiology: https://www.laurafishtherapy.com/interpersonal-neurobiology.html
- Laura’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LauraFishTherapy/
- Laura’s Twitter: @LauraFish333
- Teaching Pyramid Framework: http://www.cainclusion.org/teachingpyramid/
- Center on the Developing Child: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/
- Mindful Circle Time: https://youtu.be/LvCcxtoLtaM
- Teacher Tom: http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/
- Dr. Dan Siegel: http://www.drdansiegel.com/
- First 5 California: http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/