Life Lab Genesis

Life Lab Genesis

This post describes the genesis of the Life Lab School Program and the intention behind it. Half of my experience in industry was spent finding ways to solve problems – mostly technical ones with a sprinkle of human ones. I dealt with complex issues and revelled...
Growing turtles

Growing turtles

As our students finished Term 3, we asked them to think back to the start of the year. One of our first lessons had them building a little turtle with their LifeLab© LEGO® kit by following the instructions that we had given to them. 7 months later, the students are...
Empathy Busy Bees

Empathy Busy Bees

Angela Pezzano and I have been keeping busy in the LifeLab©, developing and delivering this program to Primary School aged children. It aims to build skills of resilience in children, help them to find strategies to solve the problems they have in their daily lives,...
When we hear voices…

When we hear voices…

When we are parenting our children or educating our students, we greatly influence their development, sometimes consciously, sometimes involuntarily. We take on the role of people who know and think we know what to do with the methodology whereas if we put these...
Screen freeze on empathy

Screen freeze on empathy

‘Glitches’ didn’t always exist in our vocabulary.  As we’ve been working and learning remotely much more recently due to COVID-19, we’ve experienced these on our screens and seen our faces in frozen poses we’d rather forget. Do we perhaps notice the glitches with...
Parents of Life long learners get involved

Parents of Life long learners get involved

As our students in Victoria province, Australia, experience some trepidation in returning to online learning, there is some encouragement in having received such positive feedback from parents, teachers and students saying LifeLab online is something they can look...
An emotion lasts 90 seconds

An emotion lasts 90 seconds

  In her book A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor says that an emotion lasts only 90 seconds. She contends that if it lasts longer than that, we have added some personal story to it and chosen to let that brain circuit...
A little temptation

A little temptation

If I had learned about instant and delayed gratification as an 8 year old, I may have made a few different choices as I grew up. This concept was taught in our Life Lab Lesson through a modified version of the marshmallow experiment. We wanted to teach students about...
How are the adults doing?

How are the adults doing?

We asked students if they think their parents had a good balance between responsibilities and having fun? Quite unanimously, the shaking of the heads and “No way” being called out gave us the answer. There were ah-ha moments when students realised that making a choice...
“Mediting” does the job

“Mediting” does the job

As part of our return to classroom learning, we held conversations with our Life Lab students to reflect upon online learning; Here are a few ingredients worth keeping in the learning pot from our Year 1 and 2 students on their experience of distance learning. Whilst...
Sol-You-tion

Sol-You-tion

Am I part of the solution? The children reflected this week about various types of life situations and whether they feel they should get involved to solve them or not. There were no correct answers, only an understanding of what motivated them. If the neighbour’s...