Aha! WellBeing is Selected to the Second Round of the Hundred and Lego Social and Emotional Learning Spotlight

Woho! So fun! HundrEDorg + The LEGO Foundation have a spotlight on innovative programs that support social and emotional learning.

🙏Please keep 🤞🏻fingers crossed🤞🏻 as our Aha! WellBeing program, including JustMove + The Athlete’s Mindset has just been selected to the second round as an innovation in education 😃😃

🌊🏄‍♀️Read about the program here : HundredAha WellBeing Innovation for Hundred and Lego Social and Emotional Spotlight

📩Email us ( the worlds maybe longest email address ? ) ahaacceleratingeducation@gmail.com

Fredriksdahl is Art – Outdoor Work Day May 27

We are firm believers in all that is outdoor: learn outdoor, play outdoor, work outdoor, explore outdoor, spend time with loved ones outdoor.

On May 27 Fredriksdahl invites us all to work outside. I love that initiative! However, imagine that we now need to have a special day to remind us about this? Something that is so natural for humans? Being outside.

I grew up 100 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, in Swedish Lapland. The mountains, the lakes and forests were my playgrounds. We didn’t have indoor play centers or malls. We sometimes drove 3 hrs to a big city to buy clothes.

As a teenager I was longing for the world and wondered what I did in such a far away place.

Today I am hugely grateful for my free upbringing there. I thank my creativity and innovation skills from growing up where the sun never sets in summer, and where green Nordic lights create magic on dark winter skies.

It’s now 2021 and the apple trees are in bloom in our urban oasis, Fredriksdahl, Helsingborg. -Go there! Reconnect, breathe, smile, be happy!

Visionsfonden + A Hackathon for Youth: The Future of Education = Reality

[ VISIONSFONDEN ] JA! YES!

We have been granted money from the Helsingborgs stad municipality’s Innovation Fund #visionsfonden, to do the “A Hackathon for Youth: The Future of Education” in Helsingborg.

We are super excited for that!

Education is in a paradigm shift. We want to make the world more sustainable for us humans.

Young people need to be listen to. We exist in that space and want to hear what they have to say about education 2021 and beyond.

A Hackathon for Youth will bring young people together, to collaborate and have a possibility to shape the future of education in Helsingborg and beyond!

Thank you #visionsfonden for believing in our ideas and for helping us to pave way for developing a learning eco-system for 21st-century learners.

This is an important milestone for us and for young people!

Just Move – our well-being program for students and educators.

JUST MOVE – Our well-being program for students and educators has officially launched! YAY!

-The focus areas are: social, emotional, and physical well-being.

-The students enjoy physical activities every day through a specific schedule that targets academic performance and well-being.

-The educators go through our “Athlete’s Mindset for Educators” program, which is Growth Mindset training for educators and teams.

-The educators are learning about neurotransmitters such as oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, and cortisol + practical and hands-on theory+practice on how to use that knowledge when creating relationships and learning experiences: -What happens, for example, in an oxytocin-rich room? There is trust. When there is trust learning is enhanced

-Students take agency and co-create the program as they progress in the program.

The Just Move program started as a science-based PLC and ran as a pilot during the school year 2019-2020 at the International School of Helsingborg, which is an IB school. The program is anchored in the IB PSPE curriculum. In August 2020 the program rolled out in all the Primary Years Programs grade 2-6. From January 2021 – and as a response to covid-19 – the program was enriched with the educator’s program too.

Just Move, a Well-being Program for Students and Educators.

{ WELL-BEING IN SCHOOLS } We are designing a learning eco-system of a holistic well-being program at the International School of Helsingborg where the health of students and teachers is in the spotlight.

We piloted the program during the school year 2019-2020 with a focus on physical education every day. In august 2020 we implemented the program for all PYP. During the pandemic we saw the need to focus on educators’ health too and implemented the Athlete’s mindset for educators. The program is anchored in the IB PYP PSPE curriculum and adress the whole human being.

Just Move enhances cognitive performance and well-being. It’s based on neuroscience, the growth mindset, the principles of identity+active living +interaction, influenced by physical literacy and addresses the whole human being.

In February 2021 we held a Hackathon Sprint + Feedback and Support sessions with grade 1-6 PYP teachers.

They defined the now, looked at the challenges they had, what they wanted to keep, what they wanted to develop and what the ideal situation would look like.

The Just Move Hackathon: “Safety is the Foundation of a Strong Team”. Humour Enables Safety.

In line with this week’s development of the Just Move Well-Being for Educators and Students Program at the International School of Helsingborg (IB), we met with the PYP3 teachers today and worked on developing the Just Move well-being program to fit THEIR specific needs.

We were talking about areas such as the impact of different neurotransmitters in the room, growth mindset, social- and emotional well-being, a classroom without walls, outdoor education, cognitive performance made happen through the brain and body connection, agency, and much more.

When you meet the PYP3 teachers you notice the fun and the smiles. They are open-minded, growth-mindset thinkers, and EXTREMELY creative! When we add #endorphins to a situation anything can happen: creativity, healthy communication, fruitful collaboration, and critical thinking made useful and constructive.

Thank you to our Swedish-British-Czech-Spanish team Hanna, Sarah, Anna and Marco for an energetic and valuable afternoon.

Designing a hybrid learning space between humans and technology

Humans and tech.

The space between humans and tech is a fascinating place, especially when it comes to learning.

-How can we create agile learning spaces where we combine tech without losing the so important human touch?

We have seen that working behind a computer every day is causing zoom fatigue, demotivation and depression.

-What are the innovative, visionary ways that we have so far missed out on?

Education is about the exploration of the soul

Education is about the exploration of the soul, about purpose. Education is not a one-fits-all activity.

We write 2021. It’s time to reflect on: What serves young people now? What needs to be developed? What do we need to bin? What would the ideal learning situations be?

Learning eco-systems are human-made, hence, humans can change those eco-systems too when the systems don’t serve us any-longer.

We have the possibility now to create more individualized learning experiences for young people, where they explore their heart’s yearnings and purpose, where they develop their creativity, enhance their communication, collaboration and innovation skills to take on societal and planetary challenges.

The social, emotional and physical health of our youth must be in the spotlight and get our TLC. Health is the foundation. If there is worry, too little exercise, lack of sleep, disengagement the young person will find it more difficult to learn and connect with others.

To Focus on Focus

{ FOCUS } We Aha! Accelerating Education love our Thursdays. That’s the time of the week when do our deep, focus work at Hetch, Helsingborg’s new innovation hub. A good read about deep work is “Deep work” by Cal Newport.

⚜️FOCUS ⚜️ is rare in a world that is full of distractions. That’s why we isolate ourselves for a full afternoon and evening and do work without interruption. It’s the time when we create our materials & tools for our courses and Hackathons. Stay tuned. We will soon be on Udemy.

How do you focus and manage distractions?

We also love “Focus – the Hidden Driver of Excellence” by Daniel Goleman

An Athlete’s Mindset for Educators

{ AN ATHLETE’S MINDSET FOR EDUCATORS }

One of the most – if not the most – important factors of student success in school is the educator in the room.

We CARE about teacher 🤹🏻‍♀️/ educator🎨 / coach 🏆/ guide🎼 / rockstar 🎸 / WELL-BEING pre-, during, and post- covid, and we have developed a Hackathon to develop and accelerate an athlete’s mindset for educators.

The Athlete’s Mindset for Educators is part of the Aha! WellBeing program that covers physical, social, and emotional health for students and educators, anchored in the IB PSPE curriculum.

Us educators have been extremely challenged during the pandemic. It’s like we are all running a marathon together where we need to be enduring + show resilience. It’s not easy all the time. Teachers need support (and champagne).

We come with a support program that speaks 2021, based on applied neuroscience, focusing on building an oxytocin + serotonin-rich culture in the learning community, where community members laugh and have fun together despite hardships. We focus on the role of endorphins and dopamine for student and educator engagement and building trusting environments.

When educators are seen and heard they feel better and can show up with more ease, authenticity and warmth together with the students.

HOW do we learn? From WHERE do we learn? WHAT do we learn? WHY do we learn?

{ AHEAD OF HIS TIME }

🧩Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy was ahead of his time. He realized the power of the flipped classroom and started to post educational videos on YouTube. #innovate

🍋WHO are the people ahead of the ED’GAME right now? What are the ideas we need to feed so that humans can more easily create their own ZEST’Y LIFE, their JUICE, to expand as people?

❤️ I LOVE the Khan mission:
“Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.” 🤟🏻That hooks into the #UNSDG4 really well.

🏄2021 is so EDUCATION:
HOW do we learn?
From WHERE do we learn?
WHAT do we learn?
WHY do we learn?

I’d say that the education eco-system is one of the HOTTEST places to be right now.

🤸To facilitate learning is an ULTRA COOL activity and personally, for me, a life-long MISSION. BAM 💥💥💥

🧬🎼🎨🎯🏄🧘‍♀️🧠 LET’S level up applied NEUROSCIENCE in learning spaces. Let’s use the knowledge to connect, to create safe spaces, to engage, to have fun, to learn and expand as humans!

Empower Educators

{ EMPOWER EDUCATORS }

Student excellence in school is highly dependent on the educator in the room, the way the educator sees the student, creates safety and uses effective and engaging learning strategies.

My 16-year old son goes to IBMYP 5 and does ONLINE learning. My 13-year old daughter goes to IBMYP 2 does BLENDED learning: onsite/online. I, who teach PYP 5&6 do ONSITE learning. The primary years program has been open all the time throughout the pandemic in Sweden.

Educators + agility = true.

How to EMPOWER educators then, so we won’t see burn outs?

The pandemic has proven the importance of educators as essential workers in society, and schools with important core functions in society.

So: HOW to ameliorate educators’ working conditions, upscale salaries and attract young people to become teachers?

In Sweden there is a lack of 23.000 teachers.

Teachers’ well-being is crucial and must be prioritized. A happy and healthy teacher will show up with authenticity, warmth, ease and passion in the classroom.

We are Clubhoused

{ CLUBHOUSE } I have spent a fair amount of time at Clubhouse this evening and what struck me – again – as many times before during this crazy year, is that the exchange of knowledge and ideas is fundamentally & exponentially expanding rapidly.

It’s AMAZING to be working on purpose in education. I have the world’s best job : facilitating learning and human growth. How incredibly COOL is that!

My question to you is: How deeply can humans love if we educate the heart?

Come and join me on Clubhouse. We Aha! Accelerating Education will speak about all things neuroscience and human development, often set in a setting of 21st century learners. 🤟🏻🤟🏻🤟🏻🤟🏻🤟🏻

Learning is a community activity that fosters culture.

The more educated a society is the greater the capabilities are to take a society out of poverty, to collaborate, to co-create living spaces together so that all people can develop as healthy humans.

The higher the level of education, the higher life expectancy, the lower teen pregnancies and so forth.

Think of learning in a community as swarm intelligence. The stronger we are together and can easily access each other’s knowledge, the better for all.

Learning is a community activity that fosters culture.

“It takes a village “, right!

A Math Mindset

MATH. We experience that many students lack confidence in Math so we have set up #microlearnings to empower, what we call, a Math Mindset. Growth mindset for Math.

We help the students to realize that their brain is mouldable, has neuroplasticity, and can change.

We show them the notion of specificity: If you practice tennis you will be skillful in tennis. If you practice the timetables, you will become good at multiplication.

We strengthen their mindset by statements like:

– I am not there YET.
I may need more time.
I may need another method.
I may need some help.

We foster a learning community where there are “shoulder buddies” and teams to ask, where the students learn from each other. We encourage them to ask questions and applaud each other when succeeding.

We look at mistakes as golden opportunities from where we can learn.

You would hear us say: “Wow, great opportunity here. Let’s explore how we can solve it”.

We ignite collaborative learning, that we learn with and from each other.

Curious? Ask us Aha! Accelerating Education

#21stcenturyskills#learningisfun#collaboration#neuroscience#sdg4