Brain-Based, Holistic Teacher Professional Development
'The Daily Dozen for Well-Being, Teaching & Learning'
In our unique evidence-based Teacher Professional Development training, we use our 'brain-Based Holistic Approach to Well-Being, Teaching & Learning’ to help EVERY TEACHER & STUDENT, in EVERY YEAR LEVEL, SUBJECT & LESSON to meet their true potential.
As presented twice for the SSTUWA (State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia) in 2020
"Tammy-Anne & Todd give every inch of energy, enthusiasm and thought into sharing some very important key-messages for anyone in the teaching profession. Our students will be better off!"
Education & Training Coordinator, SSTUWA
"I have been teaching for 40 years and I think this is one of the best presentations I have ever attended."
Mt Barker Community College, WA
"Fabulous! Definitely the best Teacher Professional Development I've attended in YEARS! Love your knowledge, passion and your energetic style of delivery!"
School of the Air - Alice Springs, NT
We share the Brain-Science & Psychology of Staff & Student Well-Being and it's direct impact on Teaching & Learning.
Our Teacher Professional Development is based on the very latest neuroscience, psychology & education research & evidence - and is designed to make teaching and learning more ENJOYABLE, EASIER, ENGAGING, EMPOWERING and as EFFECTIVE as possible.
We know this approach works because it has been at the forefront of Tammy-Anne's teaching career for most of the last 8 years.
We provide cutting-edge, evidence-based, holistic, brain-based training & pedagogical practices (to use at home & at school)
using an approach recommended by the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research & Innovation and The Australian Student Well-Being Framework.
Our teacher professional development training also meets all 7 AITSL professional standards; click HERE for more.
"The BRAIN is central to all LEARNING that we do – so if we’re in the business of LEARNING–
doesn’t it make sense that we know how the BRAIN LEARNS best?"
The research is clear; a young person's education is enhanced by teachers having a clear understanding of brain-science - and using this understanding in their daily teaching practice. This Teacher Professional Development provides teachers with a very clear understanding of the brain-science for well-being, teaching & learning – plus how to make practical use of this knowledge– in every lesson, every day.
"I would highly recommend her training to anyone involved in education."
Teacher of 38 years, WA
“Such an affirming, reassuring workshop that gives me hope for the future of education.”
Early Childhood Teacher, WA
"What a fabulous jam packed presentation!....
You are inspirational."
Mount Lockyer PS
This is NOT a program. This is NOT a weekly lesson. It involves NO extra work; it’s the OPPOSITE!
This is world-leading training in an evidence-based, holistic approach to brain-based pedagogical practices and student empowerment that boosts well-being, teaching & learning success in every subject, every lesson & every year level.
It doesn't matter whether you've been teaching for 20 years
or are about to take your first class; this workshop is for you.
Put your staff & students at the forefront of the future in education!
“Teaching the holistic approach to learning. Teaching the parents and educating the teachers.
Question: Why has this not been done before now??”
Kaipara Campus, New Zealand
“Totally inspiring, easy achievable ideas to take away. Thank you.”
“Lots of inspiring messages to re-energise my passion for teaching and learning. This generation is so fortunate to be part of the Mind-Brain revolution.”
The Daily Dozen for Well-Being, Teaching & Learning
Teacher Professional Development Training Details:
In this training, teachers will learn practical, easy to implement strategies & knowledge on the following topics:
Engage with Emotions - hook & retain student attention.
Links & Purpose - making learning meaningful & PBL.
Music & Movement - including the truth about brain-breaks.
Thoughts & Growth Mindset - is it a catastrophe? Resilience.
Mindfulness & Nature - being present, breathing & meditation.
Stages & Choice - gamification, behaviour & rewards.
Nutrition - how foods affect learning, attention & well-being.
Repetition Modes - including 'Thinking Routines'.
Gratitude & Compassion - how kindness makes us smarter.
Strengths - character strengths & self-acceptance.
Feedback - praise & mistakes
Sleep & Support - the life-changing power of sleep & friends.
This PD is a full day workshop from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Option 2: Mini Well-Being PD Workshop
"Stress Less & Self Care for Teachers, by Teachers - with The Mind-Brain Lady & The Mindful Man"
We are offering a cut-down version of our evidence-based, highly-recommended full-day Teacher PD, to focus solely on Teacher Well-Being Self-Care Practices that your staff can use daily at school and home to cope better with stress, increase their happiness and mental-health,
re-energise & relax their minds, brains & bodies – throughout the whole year.
This PD workshop runs for 2.5 – 3 hours.
Option 3: Mini Brain-Based Workshops for Wellbeing, Teaching & Learning (30 – 45 minutes each)
Perfect for staff meetings before or after school, or after early-close.
Primary & Secondary Schools, K – 12.
Choose from the following Mini-Workshop topics:
1. Music & Movement and their place in the classroom for effective academic learning, increased engagement & enjoyment, and improved self-regulation & wellbeing + the best sort of brain-breaks.
2. Meditation, Mindfulness, Nature & Breathwork and their place in the classroom for more effective learning, increased engagement, & improved self-regulation & wellbeing.
3. How to Engage students from the very start of any lesson; to hook & retain student attention from the start – using Emotions, Choice & Gamification.
4. The Learning Pit explained with Brain-Science - and how to help your students increase self-direction, effort & move through the ‘pit’ more successfully.
5. Critical & Creative Thinking – how to improve it & why you should for better learning & engagement + the use of Thinking Routines.
6. The Best Learning Modes – how to improve engagement, academic memory, understanding & performance, using optimal learning techniques & repetition styles in every lesson.
7. Resilience – how to improve it in your students, using a brain-science & psychology perspective, including practical, printable tools.
8. Feedback, Praise & Character Strengths – the best way to provide your students with feedback, verbally and in writing; how to create a positive tone in the classroom; positive reinforcement + how to include your students’ character strengths in your feedback and why this is so beneficial.
Teachers attending the full day PD will receive a 'Brain-Based Lesson Recipe Template' that they can use to confidently and purposely plan their lessons based on the most effective pedagogical practice. Teachers will also receive a comprehensive PDF full of resources and links relevant to all of the topics covered, depending on the PD options above.
For schools wishing to work with us longer term, we offer follow-up consultant services and pre and post surveys to allow for the collection of data.
It’s no secret that teaching can be a very rewarding, yet stressful job - but when our brains are in a state of stress,
we literally cannot teach (or learn) as effectively as possible.
So in this PD, instead of focusing on what we don't want, we focus more on what we do want - so you can do the same!
It's simple - and it works.
Better Staff & Student Well-being = Better Teaching & Learning.
Instead of focusing on staff & student stress - we boost staff & student well-being.
Instead of focusing on bad behaviour - we increase student engagement.
Instead of focusing on bullying - we encourage compassion & kindness.
Instead of focusing on distracted students - we gain student attention and maintain it.
Instead of focusing on lack of effort & motivation - we make learning meaningful & relevant.
Instead of focusing on dealing with disinterested parents - we engage parents as collaborative partners.
Instead of focusing on anxiety - we build student resilience & self-acceptance.
Instead of focusing on low achievement - we improve student memory, thinking & understanding.
And, best of all, we show teachers, students & parents how it's easier than you think to do this too!
I’m a teacher - not a brain-scientist. Why do I need to know how my students’ brains work?
Our students’ BRAINS are inherently involved in the LEARNING experiences we provide for them and yet most of us simply don’t know how their BRAINS LEARN BEST – let alone what we might be unknowingly doing that physically stops their brain from having the capability to be engaged, enjoy lessons or learn effectively.
Would you like your staff to know exactly how to make simple, easy, evidence-based changes in their lesson structure, feedback, assessments & classroom tasks, to ENGAGE students & help them learn as ENJOYABLY & EFFECTIVELY as possible – whilst also learning how to manage their own stress and boost their own well-being, thereby boosting their efficiency as a teacher?
Our Teacher Professional Development reignites a teacher’s passion and reminds them of why they chose to become a teacher in the first place; to help young people realise & reach their incredible true potential, so they can be happy, healthy, successful & satisfied.
And, importantly, we share with teachers exactly how they can achieve this goal - all based on brain-science!
"Tammy-Anne Caldwell is one of the most vibrant and energetic teachers that we are fortunate enough to have working at our school. Her philosophy is that students learn best when they are having fun, and this is shown clearly in her teaching style, which is always full of movement, challenges and surprises. Tammy-Anne is a motivating speaker who has prompted me to rethink my own teaching style by making ‘fun’ a primary objective in the classroom.”
Head of Mathematics
Woodthorpe School, WA
How does our Teacher Professional Development workshop meet the
AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers? ...we're glad you asked!
AITSL states: “As a teacher, it’s your role to grow and develop the minds in your classroom.”
There’s simply no better way to do this than to understand how a student’s mind and brain works, learns and grows best!
Our minds and our brains are used every second of every day, for everything we learn, think, feel and do, so as AITSL says, "to help prepare young people to lead successful and productive lives” it’s imperative that we as teachers understand in detail how our students’ minds and brains work best - and empower them with this knowledge too.
Our Teacher PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Workshop perfectly aligns with all 7 AITSL standards
Standard 1: “Know students and how they learn.”
Quite literally, this is exactly what our workshop achieves. Our brain is used in all learning that we do, so how can we possibly ‘know students and how they learn’ if we don’t know how their minds and brains work and learn best?!
Standard 2: “Know the content and how to teach it.”
Regardless of the content being taught, we explain how to teach it in the most enjoyable, effective and easiest way possible - all based on how our students’ brains learn best.
Standard 3: “Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.”
We explore this standard in detail as it is specifically about how to plan and implement the most effective teaching and learning, based on the latest in Educational Neuroscience & Psychology - all backed by evidence and research.
Standard 4: “Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.”
We help teachers empower students to cope with bullying, making mistakes, building self-confidence and resilience, self-regulating & managing their emotions & more, to create a supportive, safe learning environme; and we explain why this is essential for effective learning.
Standard 5: “Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.”
We discuss the most engaging and worthwhile types of assessments, their implementation and the benefits of behaviour-specific feedback and praise.
Standard 6: “Engage in professional learning.”
This one is obvious.
Standard 7: “Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.”
This is an interactive workshop where teachers will share ideas and solutions with each other, and will discuss their new understandings during the PD. We also discuss the importance of the whole school community being on the same page, and the benefits of communicating many of the points discussed with parents, and how to go about this.
"I found it fascinating, stimulating and extremely informative….Tammy-Anne's choice of pictures to represent concepts is amazing. Each picture matches the concept she is teaching. Her presentation was captivating and held my attention for the entire [time] .… I will be able to take this newly obtained knowledge and apply it directly to my teaching on day 1….Through her training Tammy-Anne demonstrated the reasons why applying different teaching strategies are more effective than others. I would highly recommend her training to anyone involved in education.”
Marie Arntzen - Teacher of 38 years
The Australian Student Well-Being Framework Checklist asks schools to:
"Build capacity through Professional Learning to enhance social, emotional
and learning outcomes of all students and to promote staff well-being."
This is what we do!