Brain-Based, Holistic Teacher Professional Development
- run by teachers, for teachers.
'The Daily Dozen for Well-Being, Teaching & Learning'
As presented twice for the SSTUWA (State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia) in 2020
"Thank you for such an enlightening PD. I cannot wait to use the knowledge in the classroom."
"Amazing PD and helpful personally and professionally"
"Connections between theory and classroom applications made in a way that was motivating and engaging."
"This isn’t one of those PD’s where we’re doing it because we ‘need’ to be here; we ‘want’ to be here, it’s fantastic!”
"5 out of 5. I extremely enjoyed today's PD. The way the content was presented, the enthusiasm, activities, the whole day was very inspiring and I am excited to apply it in my role. Thank you!"
"This was the best PL I've been to!!"
Teachers K - 12
Western Australian PD events, 2020
"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
Mind-Brain Education or Educational Neuroscience is at the very forefront of the future in education!
We make teaching & learning more engaging, enjoyable, easier, empowering – and as effective as possible, based on the cutting-edge brain-science and psychology of how our minds & brains learn best, and on Tammy-Anne’s 9 years of successfully using & benefitting from this exact approach in primary & secondary classrooms. So, we know it works!
"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?"
In our unique, highly-recommended, internationally-presented, evidence-based Teacher Professional Development, we use our 'Brain-Based Holistic Approach to Well-Being, Teaching & Learning’ to help teachers help their students to realise & reach their incredible true potential – all around Australia & New Zealand.
We have arranged the day into 12 key topics to improve staff and student wellbeing, whilst simultaneously improving teaching and learning practices and outcomes, and we show very clearly how these are all inextricably interconnected. We call it: The Daily Dozen for Well-Being, Teaching & Learning.
It's about understanding the 'HOW' and the 'WHY' behind the most effective ways to teach and learn, and then purposely using this knowledge, and the practical tools & strategies, in every lesson to improve well-being and academic achievement, simultaneously.
This is NOT a program. This is NOT a weekly lesson.
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 is a very practical, interactive, engaging PD, where we ‘practice what we teach’ so we present using effective practices that teachers can actually use in any classroom the very next day.
We use an approach recommended by the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research & Innovation & The Australian Student Well-Being Framework, plus world-leaders in education & neuroscience. Our teacher PD also meets all 7 AITSL professional standards; click HERE for more.
Multiple teachers say it is the best PD they have ever been to!!
Graduate teachers say they wish they were taught this at university!
Experienced teachers ask: ‘Why has this not been done before now?!’
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
It doesn't matter whether you've been teaching for 40 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!
This PD is not only full of comprehensible cutting-edge knowledge explained in a simple, memorable manner; it’s also jam-packed with PRACTICAL ideas, real-life stories, tools & techniques, including myriad examples from Tammy-Anne’s 9 years in the classroom.
And, what’s great about the information we share is that it benefits every single student, from those flailing to those flourishing and everyone in between – in every single lesson & subject.
The information we provide to teachers is transferable to everyday life at school and beyond.
Our educational training is designed to boost the well-being & academic success of every single student and to improve pedagogical practices & staff well-being.
“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 Emotion - how to 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 - breathwork and meditation
Choice - student voice & choice and its benefits
Repetition Modes - tasks for deep thinking, learning & memory
Stages - gamification & rewards
Gratitude & Compassion - how kindness makes us smarter
Strengths - character strengths & self-acceptance
Feedback - the type of feedback & praise that works best
Nutrition & Sleep - how foods affect learning, attention & well-being, plus the life-changing power of sleep
This PD is a full day workshop from 8:30am to 3:30pm, or can be split into two 3 hour PDs (not including breaks).
OPTION 2: Shut Down the Angry Amygdala & Deliver the Dopamine Dozen - 3 Hours
This is a 3 hour interactive Brain-Based Teacher PD for Easier, Effective, Engaging, Enjoyable and Empowering Education. Learn why wellbeing dramatically impacts students’ brains and their capacity for effective learning, and how to use a variety of real-life practical strategies to boost the brain’s wellbeing in your own classroom. Plus, learn 12 simple ways to have your students’ brains release the best chemical for learning – dopamine – in any subject, any year level, and know exactly how these 12 strategies - and dopamine - help students learn easier, more effectively, be engaged, be better behaved, and enjoy their education.
OPTION 3: the Dopamine Dozen - 1.5 Hours
Learn 12 simple ways to have your students’ brains release the best chemical for learning – dopamine – in any subject, any year level, and know exactly how these 12 strategies - and dopamine - help students learn easier, more effectively, be engaged, be better behaved, and enjoy their education.
Option 4: Mini Well-Being PD Workshop - 2.5 to 3 Hours
"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.
Option 5: Mini Brain-Based Workshops for Wellbeing, Teaching & Learning (30 – 60 minutes DEPENDING ON THE TOPIC)
Perfect for staff meetings before or after school, or after early-close.
Primary & Secondary Schools, K – 12.
Choose 1 or more of the following Mini-Workshop topics:
**Please note: Each Mini Brain-Based Workshop will include the foundations of brain-science, relevant to the below 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, Gratitude & Compassion and their place in the classroom for more effective learning, increased engagement & attention, and improved emotional self-regulation & wellbeing.
3. Feedback, Praise, Teacher Attitudes & Student Character Strengths – the best way to provide your students with feedback, verbally and in writing to develop their confidence, Growth Mindset, effort & focus; 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; and why your attitude as a teacher makes all the difference.
4. How to Engage students - to hook & retain student attention from the very start of any lesson – using Emotions, Choice, Stages, Rewards & Gamification.
5. The Best Learning Modes – how to improve engagement, academic memory, understanding, performance, critical and creative thinking, using optimal learning techniques, thinking routines & repetition styles in every lesson, including social-learning/peer-teaching.
6. Academic Resilience - The Learning Pit, Growth Mindset, and Feedback that instils perseverance, how to help your students increase self-direction, effort & move through the ‘pit’ more successfully, so they learn to love choosing challenges, know that struggling is a strength and begin to get excited by difficult, tricky work. We will explain what needs to happen in the brains of your students for them to actually learn, think, understand and remember information and skills to the best of their ability.
7. Social/Personal Resilience – how to improve it in your students, using a brain-science & psychology perspective, including practical, printable tools (that can be used for behaviour management purposes); how to help students deal with bullying, how to help students change their thoughts and emotional self-regulation, build self-worth, awareness of their strengths, positivity and confidence.
Teachers attending the full day PD will receive a Summary PDF of The Daily Dozen with the key take-away points, that will help them 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!