Learning, Fun, Craft and Art Sessions in Х factor Kids Summer Camp are based on the newest science methods integrated by specialists from Neuro science, Pedagogy and Psychology.
„Education helps the process of learning while Neurology helps to understand mechanisms of perception and good memory factors.
The only logical thing is Neurology to transfer information to Еducation.”
Proff. Uta Frith, Univercity College London 2011
Key learning principles
From the point of view of neurobiology, learning involves changing the brain.
Moderate stress is beneficial for learning, while mild and extreme stress are detrimental to learning.
Adequate sleep, nutrition, and exercise encourage robust learning.
Active learning takes advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.
Changing the brain: For optimal learning to occur, the brain needs conditions under which it is able to change in response to stimuli (neuroplasticity) and able to produce new neurons (neurogenesis).
The most effective learning involves recruiting multiple regions of the brain for the learning task. These regions are associated with such functions as memory, the various senses, volitional control, and higher levels of cognitive functioning.
Moderate stress: Stress and performance are related in an “inverted U curve” (see right). Stimulation to learn requires a moderate amount of stress (measured in the level of cortisol). A low degree of stress is associated with low performance, as is high stress, which can set the system into fight-or-flight mode so there is less brain activity in the cortical areas where higher-level learning happens.
Moderate stress is beneficial for learning, while mild and extreme stress are both detrimental to learning.
Moderate stress can be introduced in many ways: by playing unfamiliar music before class, for example, or changing up the format of discussion, or introducing any learning activity that requires individual participation or movement.
Adequate sleep, good nutrition, and regular exercise: These common-sense healthy habits promote optimal learning performance in two ways.
First, they promote neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. Second, they keep cortisol and dopamine (stress and happiness hormones, respectively) at appropriate levels. All-night cramming sessions, skipped meals, and skipped exercise can actually reduce the brain’s capacity for high academic performance
Active learning: The higher-level cognitive functions( creating, evaluating, analyzing, and applying), are involved in learning techniques, the more cortical areas responsible for decision-making, association, and motivation are activated.
More complex thought processes are more beneficial for learning because they involve a greater number of neural connections and more neurological cross-talk. Active learning takes advantage of this cross-talk, stimulating a variety of areas of the brain and promoting memory.
Reinforcing positive emotional habits
Here are six principles of good practice our teachers to reinforce positive emotions while learning, playing, doing new tasks..
Motivation comes from confidence which, in turn, is the harvest of competence. The main aim of our teachers is to break down new challenges into manageable components. From swimming to learning a foreign language, monitor progress, support effort, praise new competencies, and give the child a chance to showcase them.
Nourish intellect, talent, and power.
Teachers will spot what your children do well and will encourage them to keep doing it.
Teachers will help kids connect experiences with words, words with pictures, pictures with music, and weaving ideas and happenings into a web of life.
Teachers will encourage children to keep a journal (words or pictures) on evenings, before they go to bed. Children will be asked to say one good thing they did this day.
Accept special considerations.
Teachers must provide support for weaknesses, laughter for the good of the soul, organizational help, and opportunities for development of talent and reinforcement of character.
Positive emotional habits, flowing from these principles of good practice will help kids meet challenge with optimism and vigor and respond to other people with openness and joy.