This video takes an in-depth look at what stress does to the human brain. A student that has had any adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which most have, will suffer from a traumatic brain. This is especially interesting to note because students cannot learn in the fight-flight-flee "downstairs" brain. The upstairs brain is where complex emotion, higher level reasoning occur but this will not happen if a student is in this state of stress. It allows students to realize that it is ok to be in this state of mind temporarily but it also gives them stress management techniques to use to deal with their stressors. I usually couple this with activities such as heavy burdens activity (students identify their stressors), journal (write a story about a fictional character that is feeling the same things they are feeling and going through the same thing they are going through), meditation (how to video on youtube), meditation practices (mindfulness for teens - Google it!) and yoga (YouTube videos). My students absolutely love this lesson and they learn so much about themselves and healing!
This is beneficial for students, teachers and parents.