Our School is delivering the Pause program to empower students with the skills to emotionally self-regulate their own behaviour. Students are taught concepts of neuroscience in conjunction with mindfulness and positive education practices.
Students obtain knowledge of the neuroscience of the brain, specifically the three key parts of the brain, whilst working through structured lessons. They will potentially be able to identify and detect common emotional triggers early and implement some of the strategies and techniques to self-manage their own emotions in the classroom.
The lessons are divided into three key learning areas.
Lessons 1 to 4 –Brain Basics
Students learn about the parts of the brain, in particular the Prefrontal Cortex, Amygdala and the Hippocampus, and the roles that each of these play with their emotions.
Lessons 5 to 12 - Mindfulness Skills and Behaviours
Students learn about self-awareness, how to pause and 'check in' with their bodies, being able to notice the change in their thoughts and identify their emotions. Once the emotions have been identified, they are able to self-manage using some of the techniques covered in the Pause program, such as taking deep breaths.
Lessons 13 to 18 - Positive Education - gratitude, kindness and empathy
Students learn about the concepts of happiness, gratitude, resilience, kindness and empathy.